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Blakeview: Dutch Alley


Next weekend (June 11-12), the 30th annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival will draw crowds to the oldest public market in America. Dutch Alley, an area behind the French Market, is named in honor of former Mayor Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial, whose administration made several improvements to the market area. Look for three statues there depicting New Orleanians who might have worked or shopped at the market in centuries gone by. One is Martha — A Market Customer, a bronze sculpture by Paul Perret of a Victorian-era woman seated on a bench. In her lap she holds a basket with fruits and vegetables. Nearby is Jacques the Butcher by Eric Kaposta. The bronze sculpture is a life-sized male figure of a butcher. Then there's a more modern-looking Michelle. Also by Perret, the statue of a woman seated on the ledge of a fountain wearing a T-shirt and shorts was dedicated in 1984.

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