A - Algiers Point ~ B - Voodoo ~ C - Angels on the Bayou
A - ALGIERS POINT
Charles Gillam is a Louisiana-born, self-taught folk artist who has created a place where art, the blues, black history and basketball all come together in one positive, joyful street corner in a poor neighborhood on the edge of the Mississippi. He collects Mississippi spirit wood to help build his shrine, across the river from New Orleans in a place called Algiers Point. His home and studio are on the rivers edge. Gillam has created not only a shrine to art and black history, but also a Folk Art Zone, a place that serves as an educational art Mecca for local kids. Although Gillams carvings of legendary blues artists are on display in House of Blues nightclubs across the United States, he is far more proud of what his art can do for the neighbourhood and for the local kids. As one neighbour says, When they leave, their faces are so bright and just so happy, they felt like they have accomplished the most important thing in their life.