Covington is the seat of St. Tammany Parish government and sits north of Lake Pontchartrain in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Records from 1727 show 11 Africans on the north shore. One person of African descent was present at the founding of Covington on July 4, 1813. Most African Americans in antebellum Covington were slaves, with a modest number of free people, all of whom covered nearly every occupation needed for the development and sustenance of a heavily forested region. For more than 200 years in Covington, African Americans transformed their second-class status by grounding themselves in shared religious and social values. They organized churches, schools, civic organizations, benevolent societies, athletic associations, and businesses to address their needs and to celebrate their joys.
About the Author
Looking back in time, author Eva Semien Baham traces the core of Covington's African American community members to their faiths' emphases on timeless endurance, perseverance, and active work for change. Residents have a rich history and a contemporary experience rooted in both spiritual and civic involvement on behalf of the social, cultural, and economic advancement of their community, town, and country.
Table of Contents
1 Freedom and Families 13
2 The Church as One Foundation 27
3 Origins of African American Education 39
4 "Rosenwald, Oh Rosenwald" 43
5 Holy Family Church and School 67
6 Pine View High School and Rosenwald Middle 71
7 Good People, Good Citizens 75
8 Love and Charity 93
9 Taking Care of Business 103
10 Moving Forward 107