Tate, Etienne, and Prevost Center


Completed April 2022
Historic Rehabilitation, Affordable, Mixed-Use
Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Alembic Community Development
CDW Services
Interpretive center, anti-racism training space, 25 affordable senior apartments
Leona Tate Foundation for Change
$16.2 million
Manning Architects

On November 14, 1960, Leona Tate, Gail Etienne and Tessie Prevost were escorted by Federal Marshals through a crowd of shouting protestors to attend 1st grade at McDonogh 19 in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, becoming the first African Americans to attend formerly white-only schools in Louisiana since Reconstruction. Despite this seminal history and being entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, the building remained vacant and deteriorating for 15 years following its closure in 2004 and the subsequent devastation of the Lower 9th Ward by the Katrina levee failures.

The TEP Center, which includes 39,000 square feet in the former elementary school and cafeteria buildings, is home to LTFC’s interpretive center dedicated to the history of public school desegregation in New Orleans and its role in the Civil Rights Movement; the Lower 9th Ward Living Museum; an anti-racism training space and national office for PISAB, a 40-year community organizing and training organization; the headquarters for Beloved Community, an organization committed to building sustainable change through regional racial and economic equity trainings; and 25 affordable one-bedroom and studio apartments for seniors, including 12 for households earning less than 30% Area Median Income and 13 for 60% AMI households.


Federal and State New Markets Tax Credits; Federal and State Historic Tax Credits; City of New Orleans CDBG funds; National Housing Trust Fund loan from the Louisiana Housing Corporation; loan from Reinvestment Fund; grants from the U.S. National Park Service; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas; Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Photo: Neil Photo (exterior & interior), National Trust for Historic Preservation (stairwell), ribbon-cutting photos courtesy of US Bank