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Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe

The Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe is owned by Joy Banner and her sister Jo, descendants of enslaved people who opened the cafe to tell more of the story of their region from their community’s perspective and to preserve their community’s rich storytelling tradition.

Though established with tourist guests in mind, the cafe has become an important site for community gatherings and local knowledge production. It has become a critical community asset.

Historical Legacies Tour: Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe

The Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe, near the Whitney Museum, is our next stop. The Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe is owned by Joy Banner and her sister Jo, descendants of enslaved people who opened the cafe to tell more of the story of their region from their community’s perspective and to preserve their community’s rich storytelling tradition.

Though established with tourist guests in mind, the cafe has become an important site for community gatherings and local knowledge production. It has become a critical community asset.

Combo Disaster Tour: Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe

The Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe, near the Whitney Museum, is our next stop. The Fee-Fo-Lay Cafe is owned by Joy Banner and her sister Jo, descendants of enslaved people who opened the cafe to tell more of the story of their region from their community’s perspective and to preserve their community’s rich...Read more

Joy Banner with her sister Jo and family. Both sisters are co-owners of the cafe. All photos by Joy Banner.

The cafe and website offer a collection of tales and folklore that Jo and Joy remember from their childhood of growing up in a Creole family.

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