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Black Life in Old New Orleans

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"Those who study New Orleans without seeking its African and African-American influences invariably miss what it means to know New Orleans."
-Keith Weldon Medley

From the steamy streets of old Treme, across Congo Square's eclectic mix of music and spirituality, past Mardi Gras Indians, and alongside Louisiana Freedom Riders, New Orleans author and historian Keith Weldon Medley brings New Orleans' black history to life through this well-crafted narrative.

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Overview

"Those who study New Orleans without seeking its African and African-American influences invariably miss what it means to know New Orleans."
-Keith Weldon Medley

From the steamy streets of old Treme, across Congo Square's eclectic mix of music and spirituality, past Mardi Gras Indians, and alongside Louisiana Freedom Riders, New Orleans author and historian Keith Weldon Medley brings New Orleans' black history to life through this well-crafted narrative.

Medley takes readers on a personal journey through the city's history to uncover some of the most significant events and introduce influential African and African-American leaders. Each chapter focuses on a topic of historic importance, providing a timeline of events as well as an in-depth look at the people and places that helped shape New Orleans into the city it is today. Take a step back in time to old New Orleans and walk the streets of Black Storyville with a young Louis Armstrong, dance to the beat of Congo Square, and stroll the midway of Lincoln Beach. Black history is New Orleans history.

Keith Weldon Medley, author of We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson, is a New Orleans-based writer, photographer, historian, and speaker. His works include numerous published articles and appearances related to his research into the history of New Orleans and the city's African-American communities.

Praise for We as Freemen:

"Rich in family and community history and local lore, Medley's work details the world of New Orleans's free people of color . . . this remarkable read is recommended for public and academic library collections on U.S., African American, and local history."
-Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805644
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,384,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Weldon Medley is a photographer, freelance writer, speaker, and author of We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson. Medley holds a BA in psychology and sociology from Southern University at New Orleans and is a two-time recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' Louisiana Publishing Initiative Grant. His articles can be found in publications such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Smithsonian, American Legacy Magazine, Preservation, Southern Exposure Magazine, and New Orleans Tribune. Medley lives in, writes about, and researches the city where he grew up and the city he loves: New Orleans.
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