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About Kevin J. Bozant
Kevin J. Bozant was born in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans – as luck would have it – just a few blocks from Huerstel’s Bar and Little Pete’s Seafood Restaurant. He is a local writer, photographer, and graphic designer for his publishing company, Po-Boy Press – New Orleans.
His professional experience includes the local Warner Brothers, CW, and ABC television affiliates. Kevin specializes in color print and electronic graphics for marketing and promotional materials as well as special events coordination. He served as senior graphic designer for the news, sports, and weather departments. He provided technical and graphics assistance for Real New Orleans, Crescent City Country, New Orleans After Midnight, Friday Night Football, Saints Sideline, as well as Brandon Tartikoff’s popular New Orleans trivia game show, N.O. It Alls. He helped developed and co-produce The Southern Garden for Vitascope Television and created the Crescent City Crier for Gambit Weekly.
Kevin has written and published a number of guide books celebrating the history and culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. He also narrates GPS guided walking tours of New Orleans for VoiceMap.
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My great-grandfather, Rev. Gottfried Johann Berend Wegener, was installed as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1887. He served as president of the Southern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for 36 years. He was also the president of the Bethlehem Orphan Asylum Association for 45 years, beginning in 1889.
In 1921, Rev. Wegener produced a souvenir program and short history for the 40th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Bethlehem Orphan Asylum Association of New Orleans, Louisiana. The booklet included 28 pages with ten illustrations. The celebration took place at 4 o’clock in the afternoon on September 25, 1921, on the Asylum grounds at 5413 North Peters Street.
The 1921 text is reproduced here, along with original and additional illustrations, and other associated statistical information.
In 1931, Rev. Wegener completed an extended version of Bethlehem’s history for the Asylum’s 50th anniversary. The booklet was 58 pages and included some 90 illustrations.
The text from the 1921 and 1931 versions are combined in this publication. This includes many of Wegener’s original photographs plus additional documentation from contemporary and subsequent sources. I am also sharing the personal memories of several residents who were raised at the Bethlehem Home.
For the past few years, I have been revisiting the historical writings and archives of my great-grandfather resulting in the following publications: Rev. G. J. Wegener: His Life and Ministry in New Orleans; St. Paul Lutheran Church of New Orleans: The First 80 Years 1840-1920; and Bethlehem Orphan Home: New Orleans Refuge.
Kevin J. Bozant
New Orleans, Louisiana
This publication revisits the first 80 years of St. Paul Lutheran Church, exploring the congregation’s formative history at the corner of Port and Burgundy Streets in New Orleans.
The first 50 years, 1840-1890, are recorded here by republishing Rev. G. J. Wegener’s history of the congregation, Geschichte der St. Paulus Gemeinde, with its original illustrations, published in 1890. Wegener’s arrival in November 1887, provided him with two years to interview his predecessor, Rev. Christian G. Moedinger. During that time, Moedinger, and older members of the congregation, provided Wegener with voluminous historical accounts of the tumultuous, early years of St. Paul. Moedinger passed away in January 1890, just six months before Wegener’s Geschichte was published in July.
I have further illustrated Wegener’s original work with additional period documents and photographs.
The years 1890 through 1920, capture St. Paul’s emergence into the 20th century. This period is explored through the subsequent writings and recollections of Pastor Wegener, with additional details gleaned from the archives of St. Paul. Also, the memoirs of fellow clergy, school teachers, and congregational members, create a multifaceted portrait of a congregation as a work in progress.
Wegener’s reputation for historical accuracy can hardly be questioned. However, his personal relationship with St. Paul and the Southern District naturally influenced his perspective on certain events. He was never shy in calling out former pastors or teachers for their doctrinal lapses and repeatedly voiced his objections to unionism. On the other hand, he was cautiously diplomatic in recording events of his time. For example, he never reports that the fire of 1889 was the work of very determined arsonists, since it occurred during the contentious split between his fellow German and English speaking Lutherans. At the risk of some repetition, I have therefore included parallel historical accounts offered by various historians including John Hanno Deiler, Rev. Dr. John Frederick Nau, and Rev. Dr. John Theodore Mueller, as well as local newspaper articles, in order to bring a more balanced perspective to the narrative.
I have also included details about St. Paul’s early pastors and teachers by way of synodical sources, family photographs, personal memoirs, and private letters, creating brief biographical portraits of the pioneering German theologians and educators who introduced Evangelical Protestantism, as well as the beginnings of Lutheranism, to the city of New Orleans.
Confirmation group photographs were not as common prior to the 1920s. Most confirmands had their individual portraits taken by one of several local photographers in a studio setting. St. Paul’s collection includes a number of these vintage portraits featuring ancestors of current St. Paul families. Their inclusion here places a human face on the historical record. They have not been seen in decades. In the tradition of lagniappe, many of them are published here for the first time.
This is the beginning; an exploration of the human drama and doctrinal con-fusion, so evident during St. Paul’s emergence in the mid-19th century. Here is also an encouraging portrait of a Lutheran congregation, blessed with steadfast leadership, determined to navigate its way into the 20th century and beyond.
No other city in America appreciates and celebrates the African American cultural landscape as does New Orleans.
There are seventy-three distinct neighborhoods in the Crescent City. In three adjacent neighborhoods – Faubourg Tremé, Faubourg St. Mary, and the French Quarter – there are more than fifty statues and historic sites honoring African American contributions to the cultural and civil rights history of New Orleans. In the fifteen neighborhoods mentioned in this book, there are well over one hundred.
African American New Orleans is an essential and valuable reference for everyone visiting New Orleans; especially during Mardi Gras, Audubon Zoo Soul Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Essence Music Festival, Juneteenth, Satchmo Summerfest, The New Orleans Blues & BBQ Festival, The Bayou Classic, and Kwanzaa. It is also a guide for residents of the New Orleans area who may not be aware of the history surrounding them.
Volumes have been written about New Orleans civil rights history. Library shelves overflow with extensive works about the origins of jazz and the unique culture of the Crescent City. This book, however, is written with the visitor in mind by providing over one hundred photographs accompanied by concise, informative text describing the significance of each site. In addition, neighborhood and street addresses are provided which can be quickly located via your smart phone map application.
This book also serves as a helpful study guide for New Orleans school students and teachers; providing a framework for discussion and further research into the fascinating social and multicultural fabric of African American New Orleans.
Welcome to the saga of the The Bozant Family: Saint-Domingue to New Orleans.
The Haitian Revolution, Exile from Cuba, Saint-Domingue Refugees, The Battle of New Orleans, St. Louis Hotel and Slave Exchange, Cholera Epidemic, The Battalion d’Orleans, Baptized by Pere Antoine, The Correjolles Family, The Mexican War, Creoles and Placage, The Company of Carabiniers, The Baratarians, Andrew Jackson, Sibling Lawsuits, The Civil War, Crescent Regiment, Gottschalk, Neighborhood Conflagrations, Gens de Couleur Libres, Slavery, Barrels of Sour Pork, Confederate Soldiers, Treme, Union Prisoner at Point Lookout, Military Parade, Marye’s Heights, Captured at Fredericksburg, Battalion Washington Artillery, Col. J. B. Walton, Louisiana Legion Funeral Honors, Unmarked Tombs, The Siege of Petersburg, Suicide in the New Basin Canal, Tax Issues and Property Seizures, Reconstruction and the White League, Train Accident at the Rigolets, Charged with Perjury, Dismounted Dragoons, Battle of Liberty Place, Succession and Opposition, New Orleans Street Battles, Francis T. Nicholls, Coup d’État in the French Quarter, The Cult of the Lost Cause, Election Fraud ... and let’s not forget... the early days of baseball in New Orleans!
Cryptic New Orleans: Cemetery Secrets and Symbols is generously illustrated with over 400 photographs, biblical and literary references, poignant epitaphs and the glorious art work of some of the most talented 19th century marble cutters in the world. The author identifies and describes each symbol and provides additional information regarding family names, dates, and cemetery locations.
Kevin has explored, studied, and photographed every cemetery in the city of New Orleans for over 40 years. He knows where the bodies are buried.
A companion volume, New Orleans Engraved: Cemetery Elegies and Epitaphs, is also available from Po-Boy Press - New Orleans.
New Orleans Engraved: Cemetery Elegies and Epitaphs is generously illustrated with over 200 photographs, biblical and literary references, touching epitaphs, and the glorious art work of some of the most talented 19th century marble cutters and monument builders in the world. The author identifies and explores each memorial and provides additional information regarding family names, dates, and cemetery locations.
Kevin has explored and photographed every cemetery in the city of New Orleans for over 40 years. He knows where the bodies are buried.
A companion volume, Cryptic New Orleans: Cemetery Secrets and Symbols, is also available from Po-Boy Press – New Orleans.
You will want to be “in that number” when local author Kevin J. Bozant takes you on a spiritual journey to the glorious houses of worship, historic cemeteries and sacred national votive shrines located throughout various neighborhoods of New Orleans. With over 225 photographs, 15 in full-color on most Kindle platforms, you will discover the local saints and symbols which give rise to the city’s celebrated street names and sanctuaries. St. Roch, St. Anthony, St. Ann, Hope, Piety, Grand Route St. John, Annunciation, Ursulines and many others are brought to life in the form of mosaics, paintings, statuary and stained glass. Explore the intricacies of the city’s religious traditions including All Saints’ Day, St. Joseph’s Altars, “making” the nine churches, the living Stations of the Cross and Voodoo rituals along Bayou St. John.
On this pilgrimage you will visit the National Shrines of St. Ann, St. Roch, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, The International Shrine of St. Jude, The Grotto and Shrine of St. Frances Cabrini and the Henriette Delille Prayer Room. Discover why New Orleans is an international destination for travelers seeking spiritual awakening.
A brief discussion of ecclesiastical heraldry reveals the secrets of the Pope’s and Archbishop’s personal coats of arms as well as the symbolism associated with the Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits and Redemptorists.
This volume also depicts a series of artworks illustrating the life of Jesus Christ as well as a section exploring various manifestations of Our Holy Mother. Throughout this spiritual pilgrimage, you can meditate on each Station of the Cross with examples from 14 prominent New Orleans houses of worship.
Mute your phone and experience the old-fashioned anticipation of a new book, while enjoying a low-tech, natural walk through the green spaces, neighborhoods, and cemeteries of the most interesting city in America – New Orleans!
Antique postcards, vintage advertisements, and location photography all come together to create three enchanting journeys through time and place. During this trilogy of leisurely walks, you will find yourself surrounded by the city’s unique cultural history and astounded by its physical beauty.
Allow me to escort you throughout your exploration of the most popular locations and landmarks of the Crescent City. Let me guide you on three fascinating walking tours through the historic byways, quiet pathways, and mysterious alleyways of New Orleans by walking a mile – or two – in my shoes.
One thing is certain – there is Adventure Afoot!
Recently discovered photographs, private letters, and various official documents, capture the fascinating and intricate details of life in New Orleans at the corner of Port and Burgundy Streets in Faubourg Marigny between 1887 and 1947.
In "Rev. G. J. Wegener: His Life and Ministry in New Orleans," the personal recollections of Pastor Wegener, his two wives, fifteen children, and the members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, come together to create an intimate portrait of the Wegener family. Sixty years of reminiscences from the stoop of their two-story parsonage on Port Street reveal how one New Orleans family - in the face of floods, fires, yellow fever, financial hardship, the 1915 hurricane, the Great Depression, prohibition, and two world wars - is sustained by the bonds of love and faith.
Our exploration begins at the confluence of two historic waterways.
Bayou St. John and Bayou Metairie, meet here to form alluvial ridges, or high, fertile ground. This created the ancient Native American canoe portage between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Bienville founded New Orleans here in 1718, because of this historic passage connecting the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain. A short land bridge provided convenient portage between the two waterways. This ground was once home to members of several Native American Nations who lived, traded, and hunted along the banks of these picturesque bayous.
City Park’s Old Oak Grove, which stretches between Bayou Metairie and City Park Avenue, flourished on this high ground due to the yearly overflowing and receding of the historic bayous leaving behind rich alluvial soil. This old grove appeared long before Iberville and Bienville explored the area.
You begin near the lower end of Bayou Metairie, once known as Bayou Tchoupitoulas. Most locals call this a lagoon which implies little or no fresh water inflow. That is not the case here. This is a living, flowing bayou or estuary, receiving water from Lake Pontchartrain by way of Bayou St. John and returning to the lake through the Orleans Outfall Canal. Centuries ago, this was a tributary of the Mississippi River. Today it is teeming with bass, nutria, catfish, alligators, garfish, perch, and a variety of turtles.
City Park is also one of the best birding spots in New Orleans. Over 280 species of birds have been spotted throughout the park. The most common occupants are egrets, blue heron, brown pelicans, mallards, Canadian geese, swans, pigeons, sea gulls, cormorants, and the ever elusive anhinga that fishes in these waters. There is also a respectable menagerie of other animals who take refuge in the park including squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, muskrats, nutrias, opossums, and alligators.
However the most striking feature of City Park is the wealth of Live Oak trees. Quercus virginiana, with its moss drenched branches, is an enduring symbol of the Deep South. Its name reflects the fact that the loss of old leaves coincides with the new growth appearing in the spring. It has a very distinct low form and crown. Many mature trees have a branch spread twice the height of the tree itself; they often seem to crawl along the ground. City Park in New Orleans has the world’s largest collection of mature Live Oaks. The Anseman and McDonogh oaks are estimated to be between 500 to 800 years old. Some three hundred of the oaks in City Park are registered with the Live Oak Society.
City Park is approximately fifty percent larger than Central Park in New York City. All 1,300 acres of public greenspace are abundant with wildlife, picturesque bayous, secluded fountains, romantic stories, Neo-Classical and Art-Deco architecture, WPA-era gardens and bridges, Enrique Alférez sculpture, and the famous Flying Horses.
In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, 90% of the parks surface was inundated by floodwaters resulting in the loss of over 2,000 trees. Since then, over 8,000 trees have been replanted throughout the park.
The park was founded in 1854, but wasn’t established as the City Park until 1891. Since then, City Park has become a living museum showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans. The park is an excellent example of the successful relationship between nature’s splendor and humanity’s creative achievements.
According to the City Park website, a tree inventory of the live oaks was completed in 1983. Almost 250 trees were then inventoried with a circumference of over 10 feet. The measurements in this publication are from the City Park records from the year 2002.
In Crescent City Soldiers, author Kevin J. Bozant surveys over 125 military monuments, memorials, and markers located throughout the greater New Orleans area. This 156-page volume is generously illustrated with 200 photographs and includes the Central Business District, Lakeview, Chalmette, Vieux Carré, Metairie, Ninth Ward, Mid-City, Faubourg Tremé, and the entire Uptown District.
The neighborhood parks, neutral grounds, and historic cemeteries of New Orleans reveal an impressive collection of enduring tributes to local, national, and international military heroes honoring their service and courage in the name of peace and liberty.
Each monument is accompanied by brief, informative text describing its meaning and military significance. In addition, neighborhood and street addresses are provided which can be easily located via your smart phone map application.
You will also find information on military museums, forts, and various insignia of veterans organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Grand Army of the Republic, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of the American Revolution, as well as the United States Daughters 1776-1812.
This book includes some of the earliest memorials honoring soldiers who served during the American Revolution up to the recent unveiling of the Louisiana Submariner Memorial.
Join this patriotic excursion exploring our military monuments and memorials which pay silent testimony to the valiant men and women who so courageously defended our nation.