Italians in New Orleans - Images of America
Explore the social, family, political and religious history of the Italians - one of New Orleans' most remarkable ethnic groups. Between 1850 and 1870, New Orleans boasted the largest Italian-born population of any city in the United States. Its early Italian immigrants included musicians, business leaders, and diplomats. Sadly, in 1891, 11 members of the large Sicilian settlement in New Orleans were victims of the largest mass lynching in American history. However, by 1910, the city's French Quarter was a "Little Palermo" with Italian entrepreneurs, laborers, and restauranteurs dominating the scene.