La. Guard dedicates Memorial Greenspace in New Orleans

By Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

Maj. Gen. D. Keith Waddell, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, speaks at a dedication ceremony for a memorial greenspace to honor the Native Americans, soldiers, civilians and enslaved people who lived, served and died at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Nov. 19, 2021. The greenspace is the result of a 2009 agreement among various state and federal agencies to include various Native American tribes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the State of Louisiana, the Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, and the Louisiana Military Department. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh)NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana National Guard held a dedication ceremony for a memorial greenspace at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, Nov. 19, to honor the Native Americans, soldiers, civilians and enslaved people who lived, served and died there.

In January of 2005, construction workers digging beneath a building to install aAttendees view historical markers following a Louisiana National Guard dedication ceremony for a memorial greenspace to honor the Native Americans, soldiers, civilians and enslaved people who lived, served and died at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Nov. 19, 2021. The greenspace is the result of a 2009 agreement among various state and federal agencies to include various Native American tribes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the State of Louisiana, the Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, and the Louisiana Military Department. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh) steel support column, inadvertently discovered human remains. Work was ceased and the consultation
process began, resulting in several archeological studies over the course of the next 13 years.

A forgotten cemetery was discovered containing the remains of many individuals including a Seminole woman. She was identified through her tribal accoutrements: bead necklaces, silver discs and a silver cuff. It is unknown how many people are buried at the site or who they were.

The Louisiana National Guard holds a dedication ceremony for a memorial greenspace to honor the Native Americans, soldiers, civilians and enslaved people who lived, served and died at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Nov. 19, 2021. The greenspace is the result of a 2009 agreement among various state and federal agencies to include various Native American tribes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the State of Louisiana, the Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, and the Louisiana Military Department. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh)“While I cannot change the past, I can affect the present and the future … at least when it comes to Jackson Barracks and the Louisiana National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. D. Keith Waddell, adjutant general of the LANG. “I am honored to pay respects to those of all backgrounds who perished and were buried on these grounds.”

From 1837-1839, Jackson Barracks served as a stop off site for displaced Native Americans who were being relocated west. Some of those Native Americans, along with Soldiers, civilians and enslaved people died there.

“I want to express my gratitude to everyone involved with this project,” said the Assistant Chief of the Seminole Nation ofAttendees view historical markers following a Louisiana National Guard dedication ceremony for a memorial greenspace to honor the Native Americans, soldiers, civilians and enslaved people who lived, served and died at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Nov. 19, 2021. The greenspace is the result of a 2009 agreement among various state and federal agencies to include various Native American tribes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the State of Louisiana, the Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, and the Louisiana Military Department. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh) Oklahoma, Brian Palmer. “Today is a monumental example of righting past decisions made during the forced Indian removals that characterized the past treatment of Native people.”

Attendees view historical markers following a Louisiana National Guard dedication ceremony for a memorial greenspace to honor the Native Americans, soldiers, civilians and enslaved people who lived, served and died at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Nov. 19, 2021. The greenspace is the result of a 2009 agreement among various state and federal agencies to include various Native American tribes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the State of Louisiana, the Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, and the Louisiana Military Department. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh)The greenspace is the result of a 2009 agreement among various state and federal agencies to include various Native American tribes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the State of Louisiana, the Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, and the Louisiana Military Department.

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