Louisiana has truly lost a great man, an advocate for public history, and a beloved University of New Orleans professor. Michael Mizell-Nelson died at the age of forty-nine this week in New Orleans. He had a passion for the city’s history and contributed greatly in his short life. Taking the populist approach, he’s well known for his work on the history of the city’s streetcars using oral histories along with other primary sources to connect the 1929 labor strike and the birth of the po-boy sandwich. He also collaborated on the creation of the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, the New Orleans Research Collaborative, and the mobile tour New Orleans Historical.
To read his obituary and the heartfelt comments that people, including former students and colleagues, are sharing about how Michael affected their lives and how his work helped New Orleans, click here. To learn more about Michael’s work, including the 2012 documentary “Streetcar Stories,” please visit here.
Michael will be missed.