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From The Frontline: Mamie Marie Francois

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Before the pandemic, a walk down Bourbon Street or a parade down Canal was always more memorable if you spotted Mamie Marie Francois on her adult tricycle. During the COVID surge last March, Ms. Francois contracted the virus. The street performer’s absence on Bourbon Street led locals to believe she had passed away, and the false news caught on. Thankfully, Ms. Francois recovered and reflects here on her life before and after the COVID outbreak. This story comes from the Historic New Orleans Collection’s series, From The Frontline: Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans.

Sarah Holtz covers local history. Her work has also aired on Houston Public Media, Northern California Public Media, KFAI, KTOO, KUNM, WCAI, WGBH, and WWOZ.
Mark Cave is an oral historian and senior curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection.