Experience Treme, ancient neighborhood and tremendous source of New Orleans, Creole, and African-American culture. Begin your journey from Backatown Coffee in the site of notorious red light district Storyville.  Enter the former Iberville Housing Project (now the Bienville Basin Apartments) to learn its history, including that of Storyville where you will see all three of the district’s surviving buildings, as well as learn of today’s New Urbanism. 


Tomb of Julie Moro
and Claude Treme

From here, experience St. Louis Cemetery #2, New Orleans’ most magnificent, magical, and under-appreciated aboveground cemetery. Its three squares tell a myriad of remarkable stories, starting in Square #1 with the Frenchman Claude Treme, who married manumitted slave Julie Moro, owner of the former plantation land which the couple would subdivide into residential plots to create the legendary New Orleans neighborhood and this tour’s namesake. This cemetery includes the vault of French architect Jacques Nicolas Bussiere de Pouilly, who singlehandedly determined the aesthetic scheme of New Orleans cemeteries; tomb of legendary drummer Barbarin and his wife Odelia, along with Paul’s nephew and wife, storied jazz couple Danny and Blue Lu Barker.
right around the corner from Ernie and Antoinette K-Doe; and Square Three which contains what Historian Joe Logdon called “The most significant collections of memorials to African-American achievement in the world.”

Wall vault of Marie Laveau the second, daughter of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
Humble wall vault of architect Jacques
Nicolas Bussiere de Pouilly

Jacques de Pouilly-designed Gothic
style tomb of J. M. Caballero


Surmounted by five praying angels, Joseph Barelli’s tomb in memory of his son who perished in the 1849 explosion of the steamer Louisiana in New Orleans harbor. The deadly disaster is depicted in the hand-carved marble, above which the Barelli boy ascends into the cherub-filled heavens.


 Tomb of legendary pirate Dominique
You who smuggled with Jean Lafitte and subsequently became a hero in the Battle of New Orleans


Final resting place of New Orleans R&B greats Ernie K-Doe and Earl King, along with the singular Antoinette K-Doe (Robert Florence of Historic New Orleans Tours, wrote these plaques, as well as two plays that Mrs. K-Doe asked him to write about their life, and he arranged their burials here.)

 The Ernie K-Doe statue attends the
Earl King’s interment service.


 Ernie K-Doe Baby Doll Cinnamon Black second lining in Antoinette’s funeral;
Cinnamon appeared in Robert Florence’
play “Burn, K-Doe, Burn!”

Sylvia Barker praying at the Paul Barbarin tomb,
burial site of her parents daughter of Danny and Blue Lu Barker



From here it’s on to Basin Street Station;  Louis Armstrong Park / Congo Square / Perseverance Hall / the Rabassa-de Pouilly House; and St. Augustine’s Catholic Church / Tomb of the Unknown Slave, where you’ll learn about the “War of the Pews.”










A visit to the phenomenal Backstreet Cultural Museum, dedicated to preserving Mardi Gras Indian and Second Line culture, is optional.
Tour includes sites from the HBO series “Treme.”


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1:30 PM to 3:45 PM daily


Backatown Coffee Parlour
301 Basin Street

Arrive 15 to 20 minutes before tour time

$25.00 - adults
$18 - senior / student / active military
$7.00 for children 6 to 12
Free for children under 6.

Cash and travelers checks only when paid in person.

Specially arranged discounted
group tours available.
Phone: (504) 947-2120

Tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Tours leave rain or shine.
(Bring a rain coat for the rain • Bring an umbrella for the sun)