Enslaved Africans and free people of color of Louisiana deserve the title of “Founding Fathers” just as much as the French, the Spanish, and the Americans. In spite of their subjugated role as slaves, African Americans of Louisiana, and subsequently New Orleans, were contributors to the success of the state and the city far beyond their role within the labor force. Imported into the Louisiana Territory by John Law’s Company of the Indies, enslaved Africans, fed on a pound of corn a day, gave birth to American figures of the 19th and 20th centuries. Mahalia Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Homer Plessy, Marie Laveau, Buddy Bolden, Julies Lion, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, the fighting men of the Louisiana Native Guard, Ernest “Dutch” Morial, and many other African Americans contributed to the growth and development of New Orleans. Every African American citizen of New Orleans is intrinsically connected to the city’s cultural and political landscape.
About the Author
Turry Flucker is the division director of the civil rights branch of the Louisiana State Museum and is a graduate of Tougaloo College. Flucker resides in New Orleans. Phoenix Savage, a native of Philadelphia, maintains an active exhibition schedule as a sculptress and currently lives in Atlanta.
Table of Contents
1 Twenty Dollars Worth of Work 11
2 Hallelujah! 19
3 The Walls of Jericho 27
4 Learning 53
5 Because I Am Here 67
6 Jazz 93
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African Americans of New Orleans, Louisiana (Images of America Series) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I have read a lot of books on New Orleans history, and I found this book to be very informing. There where things that I read that I never knew existed in the African-American community in the days of old.I couldn't stop reading until I had to finish. I recommend highly.