Congo Square is absolutely loaded with history. In 18th century Louisiana, African slaves were allowed Sundays off from work, and would gather to worship, sing, and socialize. However, 1817, the mayor of New Orleans restricted public congregation to this site. On Sundays this spot would become a market filled with music, food, song and dance. The unique African culture, dance, and music presented here became internationally known and famous. This square served to reinforce the African culture in this city, contributing vastly to the unique culture of New Orleans. Everything from jazz, African dance, and voodoo trace deep influential roots back to this square. Today Congo Square serves as a public gathering spot for live music, dance, and festivals.