Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park & Louisiana Nature Center is a non-profit organization in partnership with Parkway Partners, NORDC,  New Orleans Department of Parks & Parkways , and the Audubon Nature Institute established to promote the restoration and preservation of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park and the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center through education, recreation, beautification, and community involvement.


Joe W. Brown Memorial Park is located in the economic center of Eastern New Orleans and provides a wide range of community and family activities, including walking trails, bike riding, canoeing, swimming, dance, music, and tennis. It contains an activities center, indoor heated pool, ball fields, picnic shelters and play equipment.



Tangee Wall, President

Cathy Charbonnet, 1st Vice President

Lisa Stafford, 2nd Vice President

Melanie Thompson, Treasurer

Veronica Barbarin, Secretary


Friends & Board 2010

Joe W. Brown

The “W” in Joe W. Brown Memorial Park is important, in order to differentiate between Joe Brown, “The Boxer”, and Joe W. Brown, (1897-1959), “The Philanthropist” who is the namesake of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, located in Eastern New Orleans. Both Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown (1896-1989) moved to New Orleans in the mid 1920(s). The Browns came from humble beginnings and later acquired wealth through investments in real estate and oil. Joe W. Brown became established as one of Louisiana’s largest oil producers because of his drilling in Valentine Field, Lafourche Parish, in 1946 until his death in 1959. In addition, The Browns owned and raced thoroughbred horses throughout the country. Their horses raced under the signature colors, white with a black “B”, and black stars. Some of their famous horses were “Cabildo,” “Brownie,” and “Tenacious.” The vast majority of The Browns charitable endeavors were anonymous, except for a shelter for the New Orleans SPCA and the Memorial Recreation Center in Joe W. Brown Park. The donation of 163 acres of property by Joe W. & Dorothy Dorsett Brown in 1957, was estimated to be valued in excess of one million dollars at that time.

The Browns charitable legacy continues today through the efforts of the Foundation, operated by dedicated, long time friend and employee of the Browns, Mr. D. Paul Spencer.