This New Orleans restaurant provided a safe space for national and local civil rights activists during the 1950s and 1960’s, to meet in secret and strategize over a bowl of its famous Creole Gumbo.
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- Dookie Chase’s
The answer is Dookie Chase’s. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, most interracial assembly was forbidden by the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, but the Chases invited guests and activists of all races. The faces gracing their dining room are a testament to its role in the civil rights movement. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Bus Riders met at Dooky’s in secret. New Orleans progressives organized there regardless of race, from local lunch counter protestors to the brains behind the 1955 Godchaux sugar refinery strike. More: Atlas Obscura