This route traces the difficult history of enslavement, dating back to the city’s colonial origins. New Orleans was one of the main hubs of the transatlantic trade of Africans in bondage. Critical sites of memory remain within the oldest neighborhoods of the city, including a former plantation in Algiers, a place of powerful resistance now known as Congo Square, and one of the earliest communities founded by free people of color in New Orleans. Slavery is one of the main historical antecedents to what has become the prison industrial complex, so we at Nola to Angola believe it’s crucial to acknowledge this history.
While you are riding, bring masks and hand sanitizer, respect physical distancing, and make sure that you have an emergency contact who knows where you are and can pick you up if needed. We also have some more in-depth tips for safe biking in the pandemic, check them out! Please be aware that NOLA to Angola cannot provide logistical or emergency support to individual riders this year. Take care, and safe riding!