Recently, we lost one of the great guys of New Orleans, Michael Mizell-Nelson. A well-loved UNO professor and a historian of New Orleans, he was considered the expert on the history of the po-boy and its blue-collared underpinnings. Always interested in real history and in real people, Michael will never be forgotten by those that love New Orleans or those who admire the people bringing light and knowledge. R.I.P Michael.
He helped develop the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, an online archive of more than 25,000 photos and oral histories from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Take a look at this site that he and his colleagues built with stories from our city:
New Orleans Historical
and listen to Poppy Tooker’s great interview and remembrance of Michael