Tonight (Monday, August 31) at six, folks are going to be second lining in support of Charity Hospital. For the uninitiated, a "second line" is a street parade led by one or more brass bands, in which the spectators are encouraged to join in to form the second line behind the band and follow the band through the streets in a spontaneous demonstration of celebration and solidarity. We are assured that the second line will also include a number of the city's "social aid and pleasure clubs," some of the newest members of the coalition calling on leadership to open up the process of hospital planning and give the Charity Hospital option real consideration.
Own Jonah Evans introduces New Orleans singer John Boutte, and shares a bit of Boutte singing about Charity Hospital, in the YouTube clip below.
Walter W. Gallas, AICP, is the director of the New Orleans Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Learn more about our ongoing efforts to save Charity Hospital and Mid-City New Orleans.