Oretha Castle Haley’s New Orleans Home, a Civil Rights Movement Hub, Listed on National Register

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This Sept. 29, 2023 photo shows the Craftsman-style house on N. Tonti Street that belonged to the family of civil rights activist Oretha Castle Haley in New Orleans. The house has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo taken by Sabree Hill/Tulane University. Credit: AP)
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Oretha Castle Haley’s childhood home in New Orleans, located in the Treme neighborhood, has been granted a place on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Associated Press.

This Craftsman-style residence served as a pivotal hub for Louisiana’s civil rights movement in the 1960s and was famously known as the “Castle Family Home” and later, the “Freedom House.”

As a central figure in the city’s civil rights history, Haley’s home acted as a safe haven for participants of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Haley herself actively engaged in protests, sit-ins, and campaigns advocating for racial equality. Her impactful efforts challenged segregation in various facilities and lunch counters across New Orleans.

Haley passed away in 1987 from ovarian cancer.


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