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I'm so glad K.C. Summers and Robert Kaiser experienced New Orleans like natives. I can only hope others will get off tacky, sleazy Bourbon Street and do the same.

Tracy Threefoot

Rockville

THE ARTICLE lamented the lack of good museums of African-American heritage. But there are at least two: the New Orleans Museum of African-American Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) and the Louisiana Museum of African-American History, both in Treme.

NOAAM is a quiet art gallery in a restored Creole villa. The other museum is on the second floor of St. Augustine's Church Hall. Its Web site lists exhibits on an 1811 slave revolt, the Underground Railroad and "Slave Castles of West Africa." More information can be found at www.neworleansonline.com.

Chris Morehouse

Shepherdstown, W. Va.

WE ENJOYED your article on New Orleans, but there is more there than food, music and plantations.

Ever since visiting the city in 2001 we have been planning to go back, this time with our two children. We were amazed at how a city that provided such a vibrant night life could also be one of the best cities to visit with children. Aside from the Audubon zoo, aquarium and nature center, you have the Louisiana Children's Museum, Storyland in the City Park, Mardi Gras World, numerous boat and swamp tours and, to top it off, Six Flags of New Orleans.

Natalie Seitz


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