Sylvester Francis Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Sylvester Francis Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Sylvester Francis.
Sylvester Francis, the founder of the small but highly respected Backstreet Cultural museum that features an array of exhibits from various aspects of African American culture in New Orleans neighborhoods, died Tuesday at age 73.
New Orleans has lost a giant. I feel like I have a hole in my soul. My friend mentor and running partner for 30 years Sylvester Francis has passed on to the Glory Land. Respected and loved in the city and around the world for his deep cultural knowledge. The term “Culture Bearer” has become a buzz word in the past few years and no one has exemplified that term more than Sylvester. He created a museum to share the street culture of New Orleans’ African American/Afro-Creole people. The Backstreet Museum was purely designed from his geniousity. Countless masters and doctoral degree recipients owe their thesis and dissertation bases to Sylvester. HBO smash hit shows like TREME were created largely from the hang that takes at the Backstreet. He created a space where baby dolls, Indians, secondline clubs, and skeletons could hang with friends and keep
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Sylvester Francis Sr, founder of BackStreet Cultural Museum. He dedicated his life to championing and preserving the Black Culture of the city of New Orleans. He will truly be missed, and his legacy will endure forever.
@knownolatours lifts the memory and life of our elder and now ancestor Sylvester Francis Founder of the Backstreet Cultural Museum! He lifted up the true culture and cultural leaders before the masses! He was always willing to share and uplift the culture and we will miss him dearly! We extend our prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time! May love and light be your guide! Rest in Heaven Sylvester Francis !
Sylvester Francis, founder of the Backstreet Cultural Museum has died. Francis founded the Treme institution in 1999 as a means of highlighting the New Orleans traditions of brass bands, Social Aid & Pleasure Plubs and Mardi Gras Indians.
Today we lost a great friend, collaborator and cultural icon, Sylvester Francis, the fascinating Tremé photographer and museum curator who owned The Backstreet Cultural Museum. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him, I know his passing will be a huge loss to the community as well as his wife Anita, daughter Dominique, and brother, Robert, all of whom contributed to the upkeep of this New Orleans treasure.