The New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase’s served as a safe meeting space for civil rights strategy sessions
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase’s, which served for years as a safe meeting space for civil rights activists to strategize over bowls of Creole gumbo, is the site of the first marker to go up on the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail.
A 6-foot (2-meter)-high steel silhouette of a figure carrying a protest sign was unveiled Monday outside the restaurant. Eventually, more than a dozen others will join it along the trail.
The markers are being installed by the Louisiana Office of Tourism to symbolize the struggle for equal rights by Black Louisianans.
When Leah Chase married Dooky Chase in 1946, the restaurant was five years old, and more of a sandwich shop. Over time, she transformed it into a white-tablecloth establishment where…
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