Allyson Ward Neal lived in the Algiers community of New Orleans in her
formative years with her parents Lula Bocage Ward and James Ward, Jr.
Mrs. Neal grew up on Thayer Street with her two brothers, Aaron Quinton
and Andre Lamar Ward. The family lived only a few houses away from Mrs.
Neal's Grandparents, Lillian Collins Watson and Philip Watson who often
told stories about Algiers' social heyday.
Mrs. Neal attended Algiers' schools including Murray Henderson
Elementary School, Martin Behrman Middle School (formerly a high school)
and L.B. Landry High School. After graduating from high school, she went
on to attend Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in print journalism.
After receiving her B.A., Mrs. Neal attended the Edward R. Murrow School
of Communications in Pullman, Washington where she received her Master
of Arts degree in communications.
Mrs. Neal began her professional career as a journalist for the New York
Amsterdam News in Harlem, New York. She also worked as a reporter for
the Chicago Hyde Park Herald and the Chicago Defender.
Mrs. Neal has held positions with the Arts Council of New Orleans, the
Amistad Research Center at Tulane University and Hewitt-Washington &
Associates, Architects-Planners. Currently, she is the Information, Design
and Communications' Web Supervisor for Chevron's Business and Real
Estate Services department in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Neal is married to
Amos Philip Neal of Marrero, Louisiana. They have one son, Randall Turner
Neal and one daughter, Ava Lillian Neal.
Algiers: The Untold Story
A New Orleans Neighborhood