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Jackson Square: The picturesque tourist destination that is dripping with blood

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

You can’t say you’ve visited New Orleans if you haven’t visited Jackson Square, the picturesque square that dates to the establishment of the city’s original street grid in 1722. Tourists stroll through it daily, enjoying the sunshine, munching beignets from nearby Café du Monde and listening to the alluring music of ships plying the Mississippi. But if you know the history of the place, you know that everywhere you look in the Square, you’ll find traces of death, from the public hangings that used to take place there, to the legacy of the old Spanish jail that was located just off of it, to the alleged ghosts of Pere Antoine, a longtime rector of St. Louis Cathedral who tried to export the Spanish Inquisition to New Orleans -- and who is said to haunt Pere Antoine Alley just off the Square. We take a field trip to the square for a walking tour that demonstrates how, while it is certainly photogenic, Jackson Square is positively dripping with blood. Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their music, which is included in this episode: Aakash Gandhi, "Forest of Fear" Wayne Jones, "Connection" & "Retro" Dan Bodan, "Neither Sweat Nor Tears" & "Animaux Obscènes" & "Sunrise Over Big Data Country" Otis McDonald, "Does it float?" Asher Fulero, "Aurora Currents" HOVATOFF, "Peace" The Whole Other, "Ether Oar" Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, "Horses to Water" Aaron Kenny, "Roundup on the Prairie" Puddle of Infinity, "Young And Old Know Love"

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