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The Untold Story of Club Desire: Film Screening and Q&A
The Preservation Resource Center and The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) and will co-present a virtual screening of R.C. Goodwin & Associates’ The Untold Story of Club Desire, a 28-minute film that documents the history and legacy of Club Desire, “the downtown club with uptown ideas.” The screening will be followed by a moderated Q&A with author/educator Dana Royster-Buefort (granddaughter of club owner Charlie Armstead) and author/music historian Rick Coleman. Senior historian Eric Seiferth will highlight THNOC’s acquisitions related to the club.
This film tells the story of Club Desire as a thriving Ninth Ward music venue, where Fats Domino got his start and legendary musicians regularly performed during the Jim Crow era. Charlie Armstead opened the club at 2604 Desire St. in 1948 and managed it until his death in 1954. After Charlie’s death, his oldest daughter Audrey took the reins, and the club lasted for another decade. In 2016, the building, which had been damaged during Hurricane Katrina, was demolished. FEMA recognized the cultural significance of Club Desire and sponsored this documentary to preserve the club’s legacy.
In addition to our speakers, this event brings several organizations to the [virtual] table with live representation from THNOC, PRCNO, FEMA, R.C. Goodwin & Associates, and filmmaker Francis James. Join us! Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, visit the Historic New Orleans Collection’s website or call 504.598.7146.