A National Historic Landmark that has also been named one of America’s Great Public Spaces, Jackson Square is the historic heart of New Orleans. Under the French, it went by the name the Place d’Armes and it wasn’t until the first half of the 19th century that it was renamed Jackson Square, after General (and later President) Andrew Jackson who was victorious in the Battle in New Orleans.
Its long history is reflected in the 18th-century buildings on its perimeter, including the St. Louis Cathedral. The square, however, is also significant in Frenchy’s personal history. “This is where I first started painting, when I was a short little kid,” he says. “Those were the days. I got the green light to paint the brass bands, and then followed many of the musicians who I first met here as they moved on to the city’s clubs. I’ve spent hundreds of hours painting in this special place.”
—Randy “Frenchy” Frechette
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