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GI-234952-16
Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865
Jessica Dorman, Historic New Orleans Collection

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Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 (object version) (Exhibition)
Title: Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 (object version)
Curator: Erin Greenwald
Abstract: Purchased Lives explores the far-reaching economic and heartbreaking personal impact of the domestic slave trade. Period broadsides, paintings, and prints illustrate the trade's public image, while objects and first-person accounts--including that of Solomon Northup, who spent twelve years illegally enslaved in Louisiana--speak to the experiences of those whose lives were bought and sold. Curated and originally hosted by The Historic New Orleans Collection with the subtitle New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865,, this exhibition traveled to three additional sites between summer 2016 and summer 2017: the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana (June 3-August 20, 2016); National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee (September 12-November 27, 2016); and the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas (February 11-July 9, 2017).
Year: 2015

"A Kidnapped Life: Solomon Northup's Experience in of Slavery in the Red River Valley"-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "A Kidnapped Life: Solomon Northup's Experience in of Slavery in the Red River Valley"-AMoA
Abstract: Panel discussion with Louisiana State University at Alexandria faculty members and Alexandria Museum of Art Executive Director focused on research into Solomon Northup's experience in Louisiana.
Author: Ginger Jones
Author: Jerry Sanson
Author: Christopher Stacey
Author: Catherine Pears
Date: 06/23/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

"Finding Rebecca: Or, How an Enslaved Girl from New Orleans Became an Abolitionist Icon"-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Finding Rebecca: Or, How an Enslaved Girl from New Orleans Became an Abolitionist Icon"-AMoA
Abstract: Some of the most widely circulated abolitionist images in the Civil War era were carte-de-visite portraits of formerly enslaved people from New Orleans (three of these images are featured in Purchased Lives). Some of the children in the group were so light skinned that their sponsors and the press declared them "white slaves." The oldest girl, Rebecca Huger, was the most frequently photographed. In "Finding Rebecca" Mary Niall Mitchell (University of New Orleans) explores what is known of Rebecca's life before and after her photograph was taken and how she came to represent both slavery and its demise during the Civil War.
Author: Mary Niall Mitchell
Date: 7/14/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

"Towards a Lasting Freedom: Navigating the Landscape of Race in Reconstruction-Era New Orleans"-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Towards a Lasting Freedom: Navigating the Landscape of Race in Reconstruction-Era New Orleans"-AMoA
Abstract: Justin Nystrom (Loyola University-New Orleans) explores the meanings of freedom in postbellum New Orleans and discusses how African Americans struggled to piece together their lives in an age of great social and political upheaval.
Author: Justin Nystrom
Date: 07/14/2017
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

"A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1865 and Beyond"-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1865 and Beyond"-AMoA
Abstract: This is an illustrated lecture consisting of black and white silver gelatin prints and contemporary historical material looking at the broad sweep of African American history. The photographs, made over four decades by Williams (Haverford College), document mostly anonymous, unheralded, and uncelebrated places in the United States, where Americans--black and white--determined the meaning of freedom. Historical prints, newspapers, and other ephemera provide a historical and visual context for the photographs.
Author: William E. Williams
Date: 8/13/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

"Archiving Lives: The Documents That Told Solomon Northup's Story"-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Archiving Lives: The Documents That Told Solomon Northup's Story"-AMoA
Abstract: Riggs (LSU-Alexandria) and Melancon discuss their work documenting the Solomon Northup Trail using archives and Sue Eakin's edition of Twelve Years a Slave.
Author: Meredith Melancon
Author: Michelle Riggs
Date: 8/4/2016
Location: Epps House, Louisiana State University Alexandria Campus

Twelve Years a Slave Book Club-AMoA (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Twelve Years a Slave Book Club-AMoA
Author: Ginger Jones
Author: Jerry Sanson
Abstract: LSU-A professors lead a book club discussion of one of the most important slave narratives of all time.
Date Range: 7/2/2016
Location: Epps House, Louisiana State University at Alexandria campus

Help Me to Find My People Book Club-AMoA (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Help Me to Find My People Book Club-AMoA
Author: Erin Greenwald
Abstract: Purchased Lives curator leads book club discussion of Heather Andrea Williams's Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery.
Date Range: 7/16/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art

Purchased Lives Teachers' Workshop-AMoA (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Purchased Lives Teachers' Workshop-AMoA
Author: Daphne Derven
Author: Erin Greenwald
Author: Lori Boyer
Author: Adam Rothman
Abstract: This one-day professional development workshop for educators of grades 7–12 will begin with an in-depth discussion of the scholarship and findings on America and the domestic slave trade from 1808 to 1865, to enhance and expand content knowledge. Curator and project director Erin Greenwald will present the lecture “Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade,” followed by a guided tour of the exhibition. The lesson plans and ancillary materials will be the basis for a detailed discussion and exercises designed to build pedagogical strategies and techniques for classroom use. The workshop will wrap up with a lecture by humanities scholar, Adam Rothman (Georgetown), and an open forum discussion on effective teaching about human rights, enslavement, resistance, and controversy.
Date Range: 7/14/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

"Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business"-NCRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business"-NCRM
Abstract: Rothman (University of Alabama) takes a biographical journey through the business of three slave traders who forged economic ties in Southern cities that fueled the cotton industry and brought devastation to thousands of enslaved families.
Author: Joshua Rothman
Date: 9/29/2016
Location: National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

"Female Soul Drivers, Lady Flesh Stealers and She-Merchants in the American Slave Trade"-NCRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Female Soul Drivers, Lady Flesh Stealers and She-Merchants in the American Slave Trade"-NCRM
Abstract: Jones-Rogers (University of California at Berkeley) discusses white women across the South, who engaged directly and indirectly in the domestic slave trade.
Author: Stephanie Jones-Rogers
Date: 11/10/2016
Location: National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Purchased Lives Teachers' Workshop-NCRM (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Purchased Lives Teachers' Workshop-NCRM
Author: Erin Greenwald
Author: Daphne Derven
Author: Lori Boyer
Author: Ernestine Jenkins
Author: Edward Ball
Abstract: This one-day professional development workshop for educators of grades 7–12 will begin with an in-depth discussion of the scholarship and findings on America and the domestic slave trade from 1808 to 1865, to enhance and expand content knowledge. Curator and project director Erin Greenwald will present the lecture “Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade,” followed by a guided tour of the exhibition. The lesson plans and ancillary materials will be the basis for a detailed discussion and exercises designed to build pedagogical strategies and techniques for classroom use. Ernestine Jenkins (University of Memphis) will provide an overview of the slave trade in Memphis. The workshop will wrap up with a lecture by humanities scholar, Edward Ball, and an open forum discussion on effective teaching about human rights, enslavement, resistance, and controversy.
Date Range: 9/30/2016
Location: National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103

Purchased Lives Teachers' Workshop-Bullock (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Purchased Lives Teachers' Workshop-Bullock
Author: Daphne Derven
Author: Erin Greenwald
Author: Jennifer Schwartzberg
Author: Daina Ramey Berry
Abstract: This one-day professional development workshop for educators of grades 7–12 will begin with an in-depth discussion of the scholarship and findings on America and the domestic slave trade from 1808 to 1865, to enhance and expand content knowledge. Curator and project director Erin Greenwald will present the lecture “Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade,” followed by a guided tour of the exhibition. The lesson plans and ancillary materials will be the basis for a detailed discussion and exercises designed to build pedagogical strategies and techniques for classroom use. The workshop will wrap up with a lecture by humanities scholar, Daina Berry (University of Texas-Austin), and an open forum discussion on effective teaching about human rights, enslavement, resistance, and controversy.
Date Range: 2/11/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum. 1800 N. Congress, Austin, Texas 78701

Purchased Lives Opening Symposium at the Bullock (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Purchased Lives Opening Symposium at the Bullock
Abstract: Discussion moderated by Betz (Bullock) with Dr. Erin Greenwald, curator of Purchased Lives, and historian Dr. Daina Ramey Berry (UT Austin). Symposium provides historical context for the period when human lives were the primary currency of America’s pre-Civil War economy.
Author: Daina Ramey Berry
Author: Kate Betz
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 2/11/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701
Primary URL: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/program-plives-member-opening-20170210

"B Movies and Bad History: Slavery on the Silver Screen"-Bullock (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "B Movies and Bad History: Slavery on the Silver Screen"-Bullock
Abstract: In conjunction with the Bullock Museum exhibition, Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808-1865, this talk is an exploration of America's original sin as it has been portrayed on screen. Historians and media experts will guide us through a century of slavery on the silver screen through selected clips and conversation.
Author: Dwight Watson
Author: Winston G. Williams
Date: 3/28/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701
Primary URL: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/b-movies-and-bad-history-slavery-on-the-silver-screen-20170328

Finding Your Roots-Workshop-Bullock (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Finding Your Roots-Workshop-Bullock
Author: Ashley Stevens
Author: Maria Hammack
Abstract: Join historians and archivists for a conversation on using documents and other materials to discover personal histories, especially for those families fragmented by slavery. Maria Hammack will explore some of the historical resources available at the University of Texas. Her research shines light on Texas as a market for slavery and as a gateway for enslaved men and women who escaped to freedom in Mexico. Ashley Stevens will share resources from the Texas Library and Archives Commission, strategies for individuals attempting to trace their family histories today, and the complications involved in tracking down African-American relatives in the historic record.This program will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 which examines the domestic slave trade – a racialized system of bondage under which millions of men, women, and children lived and labored.
Date Range: 5/13/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701
Primary URL: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/workshop-finding-your-roots-20170513

"Nexus of the Trade: New Orleans As America's Largest Slave Market" (Book Section)
Title: "Nexus of the Trade: New Orleans As America's Largest Slave Market"
Author: Erin M. Greenwald
Editor: Nancy Dixon
Abstract: Article on New Orleans's role in the domestic slave trade included in book recognizing 300 years of New Orleans history, 1718-2018
Year: 2017
Access Model: hard-copy, for purchase
Publisher: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Book Title: New Orleans and the World

Purchased Lives Gallery Talk-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Purchased Lives Gallery Talk-AMoA
Abstract: Join THNOC curator Erin M. Greenwald for an hour-long guided tour of the exhibition Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865.
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 6/3/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art

Purchased Lives Gallery Talk-AMoA (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Purchased Lives Gallery Talk-AMoA
Abstract: Join THNOC curator Erin M. Greenwald for an hour-long guided tour of the exhibition Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865.
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 7/15/2016
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art

Purchased Lives Gallery Talk-NCRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Purchased Lives Gallery Talk-NCRM
Abstract: Join THNOC curator Erin M. Greenwald for an hour-long guided tour of the exhibition Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865.
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 9/12/2016
Location: National Civil Rights Museum

"In the Footsteps of Solomon Northup"-panel show, Cane River (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "In the Footsteps of Solomon Northup"-panel show, Cane River
Abstract: Historian Meredith Melançon discussed the story of Solomon Northup. Kidnapped and sold into slavery, he spent 12 years in Rapides and Avoyelles parishes before winning his freedom.
Author: Meredith Melançon
Date: 11/5/2016
Location: Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Purchased Lives Teen Institute-panel show, Cane River (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Purchased Lives Teen Institute-panel show, Cane River
Abstract: The park partnered with the Natchitoches Parish Library to develop a program in which youth would learn about the exhibit through discussions, activities, and crafts. The institute included a field trip to view the exhibit.
Author: National Park Service
Author: Natchitoches Parish Library
Date: 12/10/2016
Location: Natchitoches Parish Library, Natchitoches, Louisiana

"The Enslaved at Oakland Plantation"-panel show, Cane River (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "The Enslaved at Oakland Plantation"-panel show, Cane River
Abstract: Historian Rolonda Teal led an engaging discussion on what can be learned about those whose lives had been purchased by the examination of the plantation records of the enslaved population at Oakland.
Author: Rolonda Teal
Date: 11/14/2016
Location: Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana

"Let the Newspapers Speak"-panel show, Cane River (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Let the Newspapers Speak"-panel show, Cane River
Abstract: Historian Rolonda Teal focused on the Asbury Genealogical Project that used Natchitoches newspapers to recreate a snapshot of the lives of enslaved peoples. This program took place at Asbury United Methodist Church, the oldest African American Methodist Church in Natchitoches.
Author: Rolonda Teal
Date: 11/16/2016
Location: Asbury United Methodist Church, Natchitoches, Louisiana

"Slavery in Louisiana"-panel show, Cane River (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Slavery in Louisiana"-panel show, Cane River
Abstract: Dr. Susan Dollar from Northwestern State University spoke on the institution of slavery in Louisiana.
Author: Susan Dollar
Date: 12/8/2016
Location: Natchitoches Parish Library, Natchitoches, Louisiana

"Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade"-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade"-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: Dr. Greenwald was our guest speaker during an evening event to introduce the Purchased Lives Exhibit to Bunkie. Dr. Greenwald spoke on the aspects of the Purchased Lives Tour and the impact slavery has had on our country, state, and local communities. As one of the curators of the exhibit, Dr. Greenwald was an excellent collaboration of our chosen book, 'Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery." Books were distributed to those interested in participating in the book club over the next four weeks. We also discussed up coming future events to those present.
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 1/4/2017
Location: Bunkie City Hall Annex, Bunkie, Louisiana

"After Freedom"-Screening and discussion of "Slavery by Another Name"-panel show, Cane River (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "After Freedom"-Screening and discussion of "Slavery by Another Name"-panel show, Cane River
Abstract: A series of talks and activities including, viewing of documentary “Slavery by Another Name" and a performance by an African drumming group.
Author: National Park Service
Date: 12/10/2016
Location: Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Screening and Discussion of "Beloved"-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Screening and Discussion of "Beloved"-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: "Beloved" was shown to those present and a discussion was held following the movie. Meredith Melancon led the discussion.
Author: Meredith Melançon
Date: 1/11/2017
Location: Bunkie City Hall Annex, Bunkie, Louisiana

Screening and Discussion of "Slavery by Another Name"-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Screening and Discussion of "Slavery by Another Name"-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: The documentary "Slavery by Another Name" was shown to a group. Meredith Melancon was present to discuss the relevance of the documentary and the exhibit.
Author: Meredith Melançon
Date: 1/17/2017
Location: Bunkie City Hall Annex, Bunkie, Louisiana

Screening and Discussion of "Slavery by Another Name"-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Screening and Discussion of "Slavery by Another Name"-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: The documentary "Slavery by Another Name" was shown to a group. Meredith Melancon was present to discuss the relevance of the documentary and the exhibit.
Author: Meredith Melançon
Date: 1/17/2017
Location: Bunkie City Hall Annex, Bunkie, Louisiana

"Williams' Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South"-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Williams' Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South"-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: This lecture by historian Jeff Forret offers a legal history of the domestic slave trade based on his current book project of the same name. In 1840, Washington, DC, slave trader William H. Williams unlawfully conveyed some two dozen enslaved convicts from Virginia into Louisiana and had them confiscated by the state. Forret’s research chronicles the trader’s decades-long struggle with the Louisiana government for the enslaved convicts’ return.
Author: Jeff Forret
Date: 1/23/2017
Location: Bunkie City Hall Annex, Bunkie, Louisiana

Solomon Northup Trail, Bus Tour-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Solomon Northup Trail, Bus Tour-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: Mrs. Melacon lead a bus tour of the Solomon Northup Trail through Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes. During their travels, Meredith spoke at length of the relevance of slavery and what the reality of slavery looked like in areas such as Avoyelles and Rapides parishes. The tour began with the Epps house, which is now a museum at the LSUA campus and worked continued down the trail, stopping at historical sites still present today (i.e., homes, bayous, etc).
Author: Meredith Melançon
Date: 1/28/2017
Location: Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes, Louisiana

Help Me to Find My People Book Club-panel show, Bunkie (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Help Me to Find My People Book Club-panel show, Bunkie
Abstract: Our Purchased Lives Exhibit concluded with a book club discussion of "Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery. "Book club" members and those present discussed the book at length and the relevance of today's world and those with little background and genealogical knowledge of their families. The group discussed how not "having a history" affects persons at an emotional level and contributes to the social impacts as well. Physical and medical issues related to not having a clear history of family illnesses and diseases were also noted. Its interesting in our small area, that some families can account back multiple generations (i.e., Revolutionary War, Civil War), where others can only go back as far as 2 or 3.
Author: multiple
Date: 2/1/2017
Location: Bunkie City Hall Annex, Bunkie, Louisiana

Bamboula 2000 Opening Reception and School Outreach, panel show-WBRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Bamboula 2000 Opening Reception and School Outreach, panel show-WBRM
Abstract: Opening reception with interactive African drumming performance by Bamboula 2000. The group also did a local school outreach at Port Allen Middle School earlier in the same day.
Author: Bamboula 2000
Date: 2/17/2017
Location: Port Allen Middle School and West Baton Rouge Museum, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Mrs. Catherine Cornelieus from Smithfield Plantation: An Ex-Slave Narrative-panel show, WBRM (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Mrs. Catherine Cornelieus from Smithfield Plantation: An Ex-Slave Narrative-panel show, WBRM
Writer: Catherine Cornelius
Director: Kevin McQuarn
Director: Julie Rose
Producer: Fantom Light Productions
Producer: Kevin McQuarn
Abstract: In conjunction with our opening reception, there was a screening of a custom made film, featuring a one-woman performance by Judy Whitney Davis of the Ex-Slave Narrative of Catherine Cornelius of Smithfield Plantation in West Baton Rouge Parish. The narrative was found in the Cammie G. Henry Research Center at the Northwestern State University Library. Fantom Light Productions recorded Ms. Davis' performance and produced a video that was used in the exhibit and will have a permanent home in the WBRM's historic Allendale Slave Cabin.
Year: 2017
Primary URL: https://youtu.be/dX9N0KkGaPc
Primary URL Description: Streaming access via YouTube
Access Model: in gallery; youtube
Format: Video
Format: DVD
Format: Digital File
Format: Web

"Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade"-panel show, WBRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade"-panel show, WBRM
Abstract: Join Purchased Lives curator Erin M. Greenwald as she discusses the research behind the exhibition and the importance of grappling with the complex histories of race and slavery in the 21st century.
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 2/21/2017
Location: West Baton Rouge Museum, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

"Allendale Plantation Slave Community"-panel show, WBRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Allendale Plantation Slave Community"-panel show, WBRM
Abstract: Dr. Rose described her research into the enslaved community at Allendale Plantation (WBR), including what is known about where the people came from and how the population changed with the Second Middle Passage. We included her findings on additional panels which we added to the traveling Purchased Lives panels (along with records from our local courthouse) for the exhibit here at the WBRM. Dr. Rose invited WBR resident Debbie Martin to discuss her new organization "Westside Cemetery Preservation" at her March 16th talk. Mrs. Martin has received great press lately for her research into the abandoned black cemeteries of WBR. She hopes to channel the excitement around her endeavor to clean up and protect these sites which are scattered across the fields of our parish.
Author: Julie Rose
Date: 3/16/2017
Location: West Baton Rouge Museum, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Screening of "Twelve Years a Slave", WBRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Screening of "Twelve Years a Slave", WBRM
Abstract: Film screening.
Author: Julie Rose
Date: 3/19/2017
Location: West Baton Rouge Museum, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

"Proofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors", WBRM (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Proofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors", WBRM
Abstract: This presentation, offered by genealogist Jari C. Honora, offers a brief overview of genealogical research for African Americans in the post–Civil War period. The talk is focused primarily on tracing enslaved ancestors back through generations of captivity, including methods for identifying the last-known slave owners of African Americans in the antebellum period.
Author: Jari Honora
Date: 3/30/2017
Location: West Baton Rouge Museum, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Traces of Texas Slavery-Bullock (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Traces of Texas Slavery-Bullock
Author: Andrew Torget
Author: Nancy Bercaw
Author: Mary Elliott
Author: Maria Franklin
Abstract: Interpreting American slavery and its consequences from a variety of academic perspectives. Join scholars for an exploration of slavery and its role in our shared history. What does the historical record tell us about slavery and what were its repercussions? Discover for yourself with guidance through the layers of complexity and nuance in Texas and the nation. Speakers at the event will highlight the deep and lasting impacts of slavery on Texas through analysis of historic sources as diverse as artifacts, architecture, documents and descendant interviews.
Date Range: 1/27-1/28/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas
Primary URL: https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/symposium-traces-of-texas-slavery-20170128

High Noon Talk: Tomlinson Hill-Bullock (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: High Noon Talk: Tomlinson Hill-Bullock
Abstract: Held on the first Wednesday of every month, High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through this casual lunch-time lecture. Tomlinson Hill: Sons of Slaves, Sons of Slaveholders chronicles the history of two Tomlinson families, one black and one white, who trace their history to a Central Texas slave plantation. Join Chris Tomlinson, author, filmmaker and journalist for a discussion about the book and his journey researching and writing it.
Author: Chris Tomlinson
Date: 3/1/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Artist Series: Blind Lemon's Last Blues-Bullock (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Texas Artist Series: Blind Lemon's Last Blues-Bullock
Abstract: Blind Lemon Jefferson was born in Texas in 1893 and went on to become one of the earliest recorded performers of the blues. His unique sound and commercial success in the 1920s made him one of the most popular and influential blues musicians of all time. His music and the blues generally, are a unique genre with themes that reflect our nation's history and the African American experience from slavery, through generations of discrimination, the fight for equality and the everyday challenges we all face today. Blind Lemon’s Last Blues is a one-man play with music by Alan Govenar and Akin Babatunde about the day, December 19, 1929, when the legendary blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson died in the snow in Chicago. Songs and monologues bring to life the voices of Blind Lemon Jefferson and his contemporaries, including Blind Willie Johnson, Lillian Glinn, Hattie Hudson, Bobbie Cadillac, and Lead Belly. Blind Lemon’s Last Blues is a story of the deep human need to find purpose in the foibles of life.
Author: Alan Govenar
Author: Akin Babatunde
Date: 6/30/2017
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas

Opening reception of panel exhibition, discussion with Dr. Erin Greenwald, Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Opening reception of panel exhibition, discussion with Dr. Erin Greenwald, Jackson
Abstract: Patrons viewed the exhibit and discussed their thoughts/questions. Dr. Erin Greenwald gave an overview of Slavery in North America and held an open discussion with patrons
Author: Erin Greenwald
Date: 4/18/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library, 614 S. Polk Ave Jonesboro, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Good Books, Good Friends Book Club, Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Good Books, Good Friends Book Club, Jackson
Abstract: Patrons discussed Hidden Figures and racial injustice throughout US History.
Author: N/A
Date: 4/19/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library, 614 S. Polk Ave Jonesboro, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Adult Craft, Quilt Cards-Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Adult Craft, Quilt Cards-Jackson
Abstract: Adults made paper quilt cards to represent the Freedom Quilts associated with slave escape routes. Patrons also looked at books regarding the Freedom Quilters.
Author: N/A
Date: 4/26/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library, 614 SOUTH POLK AVE. JONESBORO, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Storytime with Sherry Broussard, Story Teller-Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Storytime with Sherry Broussard, Story Teller-Jackson
Abstract: Ms. Sherry Broussard, story teller and author, performed two story times at Southside Elementary School. She read her book, The Birthday Box, which teaches children the importance of learning your family heritage and history. Students went home with information about the exhibit on view.
Author: Sherry Broussard
Date: 4/27/2017
Location: Southside Elementary School, 2105 S Polk Ave, Jonesboro, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Booker T. Washington presentation by Dr. Michael Bieze-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Booker T. Washington presentation by Dr. Michael Bieze-Bayou Teche
Abstract: Power Point presentation by Dr. Michael, Fine Arts Chair at Marist School in Atlanta and the author of "Booker T. Washington and the Art of Self-Representation." The lecture was based on primary documents from public and private collections and touched on the historical significance of Booker T. Washington's visit to Howe Institute in New Iberia on April 14, 1915 just months before his death. In front of hundreds of blacks and whites in the outdoor assembly he stressed that education was the key to find fair solutions to all economic problems. The talk was attended by a 50/50 mixed race audience of about 45 people.
Author: Dr. Michael Bieze
Date: 08-05-2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum, PO Box 14151, New Iberia, LA 70562
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

Sugar Was King in Those Days: Slavery and Wealth in Louisina-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Sugar Was King in Those Days: Slavery and Wealth in Louisina-Bayou Teche
Abstract: This was an oral power point presentation by Dr. Ian Beamish, who earned his Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University with his dissertation: “Saving the South: Agricultural Reform in the Southern United States, 1819-1861." The program, "Sugar Was King in Those Days: Slavery and Wealth in Louisina" was expanded upon with a relevant expressive performance by well known New Iberia storyteller and author, Daphne Thomas. The two hour presentation was held at the theater adjacent to the Bayou Teche Museum at no cost to the Museum and the audience was invited to a free tour of the Purchased Lives Exhibit immediately following. The presentation was well received and attended by a racially balanced audience.
Author: Dr. Ian Beamish
Date: 08-10-2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum – 131 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: http://https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

School Tour - Loreauville High--Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: School Tour - Loreauville High--Bayou Teche
Abstract: 11th graders participated in a three part program. They were split into two groups. Each was introduced to the Purchased Lives Panel Exhibit led by Reverend Mary Bashay. That was followed by a presentation of the role of enslaved people in Iberia Parish's sugar cane industry by long-time sugar cane farmer and historian, Joe Judice. After their time with us at the Bayou Teche Museum the students walked the two blocks to Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation home where the tour narrative had been customized to tell the story of enslaved life on the Plantation before and after the Civil War. Lesson plans and guidelines had been given to the teachers prior to the tour and the discussions were intense and lively. The students were incredibly attentive at both locations and the teachers were very appreciative that this opportunity had been made available to the community. They scheduled another class tour immediately following this one.
Author: Reverend Mary Bashay
Author: Joe Judice
Date: 08-18-2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum – 131 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

A Journey Through Slavery at the Whitney Plantation-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: A Journey Through Slavery at the Whitney Plantation-Bayou Teche
Abstract: This free lecture was presented as a power point by Dr. Ibrahimi Seck, Director of Research at the Whitney Plantation. The hour and a half lecture was held at the theater adjacent to the Bayou Teche Museum, at no rental charge to us. The presentation focused on the historical and cultural links between West Africa and Louisiana with a special interest on religious beliefs, music, foods, and miscellaneous aspects of folklore. An extensive question and answer period followed. The audience was then invited next door for a free viewing of Purchased Lives at the Museum. The audience was racially mixed.
Author: Dr. Ibrahimi Seck
Date: 08-19-2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum,129 E Main St, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

School Tour - Catholic High--Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: School Tour - Catholic High--Bayou Teche
Abstract: 11th graders participated in a three part program. They were split into two groups. Each was introduced to the Purchased Lives Panel Exhibit led by Reverend Mary Bashay. That was followed by a presentation of the role of enslaved people in Iberia Parish's sugar cane industry by long-time sugar cane farming family and former educator, Dr. Catherine Segura. After their time with us at the Bayou Teche Museum the students walked the two blocks to Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation home where the tour narrative had been customized to tell the story of enslaved life on the Plantation before and after the Civil War. Lesson plans and guidelines had been given to the teachers prior to the tour and the discussions were intense and lively. The students were incredibly attentive at both locations and the teachers were very appreciative that this opportunity had been made available to the community. They scheduled another class tour immediately following this one.
Author: Dr. Catherine Segura
Author: Reverend Mary Bashay
Date: 08-22-2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum – 131 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

School Tour - Loreauville High and Catholic High-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: School Tour - Loreauville High and Catholic High-Bayou Teche
Abstract: 8th and 9th graders participated in a three part program. They were split into two groups. Each was introduced to the Purchased Lives Panel Exhibit led by Reverend Mary Bashay. That was followed by a presentation of the role of enslaved people in Iberia Parish's sugar cane industry by long-time sugar cane farming family and former educator, Dr. Catherine Segura. After their time with us at the Bayou Teche Museum the students walked the two blocks to Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation home where the tour narrative had been customized to tell the story of enslaved life on the Plantation before and after the Civil War. Lesson plans and guidelines had been given to the teachers prior to the tour and the discussions were intense and lively. The students were incredibly attentive at both locations and the teachers were very appreciative that this opportunity had been made available to the community.
Author: Reverend Mary Bashay
Author: Dr. Catherine Segura
Date: 08-25-2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum – 131 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

Meet Me at the Movies, Hidden Figures-Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Meet Me at the Movies, Hidden Figures-Jackson
Abstract: A showing of Hidden Figures as a follow up to the book club.
Author: None
Date: 05/03/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library main branch, 614 SOUTH POLK AVE. JONESBORO, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Dr. Elaine Thompson, speaker-Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Dr. Elaine Thompson, speaker-Jackson
Abstract: Local professor, Dr. Elaine Thompson, spoke about the North American Slave Trade at our Chatham Branch to promote the exhibit on display at Jonesboro
Author: Dr. Elaine Thompson
Date: 05/08/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library CHATHAM BRANCH 1500 PINE ST. CHATHAM, LA 71226
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

YA (Young Adult) Wednesday: Paper Lanterns and Meet Addy--Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: YA (Young Adult) Wednesday: Paper Lanterns and Meet Addy--Jackson
Abstract: Middle schoolers met to create paper lanterns and discuss the American Girl book series "Meet Addy".
Author: None
Date: 5/10/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library main branch, 614 SOUTH POLK AVE. JONESBORO, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Children's Art- Genealogy--Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Children's Art- Genealogy--Jackson
Abstract: Elementary Students painted family trees to learn the importance of tracing your ancestry. Also discussed the difficulties freed slaves had locating their family.
Author: N/A
Date: 5/12/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library main branch, 614 SOUTH POLK AVE. JONESBORO, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Home School Day with Meredith Melancon-Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Home School Day with Meredith Melancon-Jackson
Abstract: Students discussed the book Twelve Years a Slave and completed worksheets from the Purchased Lives binder.
Author: Meredith Melancon
Date: 5/17/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library main branch, 614 SOUTH POLK AVE. JONESBORO, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Good Books, Good Friends Book Club with Meredith Melancon-Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Good Books, Good Friends Book Club with Meredith Melancon-Jackson
Abstract: Adult patrons discussed Twelve Years a Slave with Meredith Melancon.
Author: Meredith Melancon
Date: 5/17/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library main branc, 614 SOUTH POLK AVE. JONESBORO, LA 71251
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

Movie Mania at Chatham Branch showing Hidden Figures--Jackson (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Movie Mania at Chatham Branch showing Hidden Figures--Jackson
Abstract: Screening of Hidden Figures at Jackson Parish Library Chantham Branch
Author: N/A
Date: 5/22/2017
Location: Jackson Parish Library CHATHAM BRANCH 1500 PINE ST. CHATHAM, LA 71226
Primary URL: http://www.jacksonparishlib.org/

School Tour - Anderson Middle-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: School Tour - Anderson Middle-Bayou Teche
Abstract: 7th graders participated in a three part program. They were split into two groups. Each was introduced to the Purchased Lives Panel Exhibit led by Reverend Mary Bashay. That was followed by a presentation of the role of enslaved people in Iberia Parish's sugar cane industry by long-time sugar cane farming family and former educator, Dr. Catherine Segura. After their time with us at the Bayou Teche Museum the students walked the two blocks to Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation home where the tour narrative had been customized to tell the story of enslaved life on the Plantation before and after the Civil War. Lesson plans and guidelines had been given to the teachers prior to the tour and the discussions were intense and lively. The students were incredibly attentive at both locations and the teachers were very appreciative that this opportunity had been made available to the community
Author: Dr. Catherine Segura
Author: Reverend Mary Bashay
Date: 8/28/2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum – 131 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

Slavery and the Catholic Church-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Slavery and the Catholic Church-Bayou Teche
Abstract: Mr. John Cummings is owner of the Whitney Plantation which comprises 250 acres of land and was home to the Haydel family, one of the largest slaveholders in the state. The Whitney Museum is dedicated to the history of slavery and became the first of its kind in the U.S. when it opened in 2014. Mr. Cummings received his law graduate from Loyola University, New Orleans and has studied the impact that the Catholic Church had on slavery all over the United States. The lecture was held at the theater adjacent to the Bayou Teche Museum at no charge to us and, even though Purchased Lives had already moved on to its next locale attendees to the lecture were invited for a free tour of the Museum
Author: John Cummings
Date: 9/9/2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum, 129 E Main St, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

Purchased Lives: A Closer Look at the Antebellum South-Bayou Teche (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Purchased Lives: A Closer Look at the Antebellum South-Bayou Teche
Abstract: This summer workshop was sponsored by Iberia Parish Library as they partnered with the Bayou Teche Museum and Shadows-on-the-Teche. Open to 13 - 17 year olds, we focused on the vast, rich history of the plantation and the family who owned it. That was followed by a tour of the Purchased Lives exhibit at the Bayou Teche Museum to uncover the less-than-pretty truths of the American slave trade and the lives of the slaves that built and worked on plantations not unlike the Shadows.
Author: None
Date: 7/20/2017
Location: Bayou Teche Museum – 131 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
Primary URL: https://bayoutechemuseum.org/

A Journey Through Slavery at the Whitney Plantation-Nicholls State (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: A Journey Through Slavery at the Whitney Plantation-Nicholls State
Abstract: The first program featured a lecture by Dr. Ibrahima Seck, Director of Research at Whitney Plantation, on the history of slavery at the Whitney plantation located along the Mississippi river. He spoke about the enslaved population of the plantation during different time periods and under different foreign governments. He also discussed the cultural legacies of slavery in Louisiana and how those legacies shaped American culture.
Author: Dr. Ibrahima Seck
Date: 09-05-2017
Location: Nicholls State University Ellender Memorial Library, 906 E 1st St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Primary URL: https://www.nicholls.edu/library/

Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade-Nicholls State (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade-Nicholls State
Abstract: Dr. Erin Greenwald, curator of the Purchased Lives exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection, gave an overview of the slave trade in the city of New Orleans and the research behind the exhibit.
Author: Dr. Erin Greenwald
Date: 09-14-2017
Location: Nicholls State University Ellender Memorial Library, 906 E 1st St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Primary URL: https://www.nicholls.edu/library/

Proofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors-Nicholls (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Proofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors-Nicholls
Abstract: Jari Honora gave an overview of genealogical research for African-Americans in the post-Civil War period. The talk focused on tracing enslaved ancestors back through generations of captivity including methods for identifying the last-known slave owners.
Author: Jari Honora
Date: 09-20-2017
Location: Nicholls State University Ellender Memorial Library, 906 E 1st St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Primary URL: https://www.nicholls.edu/library/

Williams Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South-Nicholls (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Williams Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South-Nicholls
Abstract: This lecture by Dr. Jeff Forret, Professor of History at Lamar University, offered a legal history of the domestic slave trade based on Dr. Forret's current book project based on slave trader William H. Williams. This slave trader unlawfully conveyed two dozen enslaved convicts from Virginia into Louisiana and had them confiscated by the state. Dr. Forret's research chronicles the trader's decades-long struggle with the Louisiana government for the enslaved convicts' return.
Author: Dr. Jeff Forret
Date: 09-26-2017
Location: Nicholls State University Ellender Memorial Library, 906 E 1st St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Primary URL: https://www.nicholls.edu/library/

Movie Screening of 12 Years a Slave-Nicholls (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Movie Screening of 12 Years a Slave-Nicholls
Abstract: Showing of movie "12 Years a Slave"
Author: N/A
Date: 10-02-2017
Location: Nicholls State University Ellender Memorial Library, 906 E 1st St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Primary URL: https://www.nicholls.edu/library/

In the Footsteps of Solomon Northup-Nicholls (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: In the Footsteps of Solomon Northup-Nicholls
Abstract: This program was led by Meredith Melancon, educator and author of The Solomon Northup Trail. She discussed the lives of the enslaved along Solomon Northup's Bayou Boeuf and experiences of Northup in Rapides and Avoyelles parishes after he was sold from a New Orleans slave trader.
Author: Meredith Melancon
Date: 10-03-2017
Location: Nicholls State University Ellender Memorial Library, 906 E 1st St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Primary URL: https://www.nicholls.edu/library/

"Zydeco - Rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean with Horace Trahan and Rodney Bernard of the Ossun Express"-New Roads (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Zydeco - Rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean with Horace Trahan and Rodney Bernard of the Ossun Express"-New Roads
Abstract: Brian Costello presented a timeline of enslavement in Pointe Coupee Parish. Mr. Costello stated that there are three points of commonality that can be found among the enslaved people of the southern part of the United States: closeness of the family, faith in the church, and the love of music. He explained that most of the rhythms and many of the words found in Zydeco and French music are of West African and Caribbean origin. Mr. Costello introduced Mr. Horace Trahan and Mr. Rodney Bernard of the Ossun Express Band. The talented duo entertained us with a variety of music genres: French La La, Zydeco, two-step, waltzes, and even rock and roll. Between songs, Mr. Bernard and Mr. Trahan answered questions from the audience and told many anecdotes.
Author: Brian Costello
Author: Mr. Horace Trahan
Author: Mr. Rodney Bernard
Date: 10-21-2017
Location: Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Primary URL: http://www.pointe-coupee.lib.la.us/

"Remembering Slavery-A Group Book Discussion" -New Roads (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Remembering Slavery-A Group Book Discussion" -New Roads
Abstract: "Penelope McCarthy coordinated a book discussion on ""Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation"", edited by noted historians Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller. I chose to have two discussion dates for this particular book in order to offer the presentation to more people. In this manner, we were able to hold the book talks in the smaller of our two meeting rooms which provided a more comfortable and intimate setting. The readers in attendance all agreed that putting a face on the persons telling their memories added a heartbreaking touch of humanity to the stories. The book was well-liked by all of the participants with the exception of one African American woman who said that she is sick of reading about slavery. The rest of us agreed that it is important to talk about this dark period of our history.
Author: Penelope McCarthy
Date: 10-28-2017
Location: Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Primary URL: http://www.pointe-coupee.lib.la.us/

"The Search for Henriette: A Local Familly's Story of Discovery and Diversity" - A Panel Discussion led by Brian J. Costello and Penelope M. McCarthy--News Roads (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "The Search for Henriette: A Local Familly's Story of Discovery and Diversity" - A Panel Discussion led by Brian J. Costello and Penelope M. McCarthy--News Roads
Abstract: The format of this presentation was a panel discussion led by Brian Costello and Penelope McCarthy. The discussion was accompanied by a Power Point Presentation prepared by Brian. We presented our personal family story of how we discovered and embraced our large, racially diverse family, the descendants of Charles Gremillion, Sr. (1761-1814) of Pointe Coupee Parish, and his first wife, Marguerite Recuron. Over four years ago, several of us took DNA tests from a popular company. When we got matches as cousins, we got together and that was the start of something monumental. Present on the panel were 12 of us who had appeared on Genealogy Roadshow. Penelope had made a large family tree chart which she and Brian used to explain the relationships. Family members came from the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, and Chicago to participate. They answered many question about DNA testing and how exactly our black and white sides were connected. We also discussed how this event has affected our lives in the most beautiful ways. Cameran Battley, our young cousin from Chicago, said that our story is a beautiful story and is truly an American story. She encouraged the others to think about having their DNA tested to find out about themselves. And she said that our story is a prime example of how DNA can be used in a very positive way to unite a family. After the presentation, the entire audience was invited to come to Penelope's house for shrimp etouffe cooked by Gremillion cousin, Troy Battley.
Author: Brian J. Costello
Author: Penelope M. McCarthy
Date: 11-04-2017
Location: Pointe Coupee Parish Library 201 Claiborne Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Primary URL: http://www.pointe-coupee.lib.la.us/

"Remembering Slavery- A Book Discussion" led by Penelope McCarthy-News Roads (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Remembering Slavery- A Book Discussion" led by Penelope McCarthy-News Roads
Abstract: This program was a duplication of Program 2, but with different participants. We divided the book discussion into two separate presentations in order to provide a more intimate and comfortable venue for each session and to accommodate more individuals.
Author: Penelope McCarthy
Date: 11-07-2017
Location: Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Primary URL: http://www.pointe-coupee.lib.la.us/

"A Creole Language Class with Dr. Angelique Bergeron and Brian J. Costello"-New Roads (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "A Creole Language Class with Dr. Angelique Bergeron and Brian J. Costello"-New Roads
Abstract: West Baton Parish Rouge Museum Director and French scholar, Dr. Angelique Bergeron, held a Creole conversation class on November 11, 2017. She was assisted in this endeavor by Brian J. Costello. The size of the group (10) allowed for us sit around a table in an intimate setting which enabled us to face each other while speaking. Dr. Bergeron began by handing out folktales written both in French and Creole. She asked us to look at the text for words that are recognizable as being very similar to English. She stated that a large percentage of words in French and English are very similar. We discussed three humorous folktales in Creole: "Chyen e Kokodri" (The Dog and the Alligator), "Le Boef e la Veye Tousen" (The Cow and the Old Halloween), and "Karenkro e Manje Poule" (The Buzzard and the Chicken Hawk). She presented a song, "Fam-la Di" (The Woman Said) . Dr. Bergeron taught us how Creole subject and object pronouns patterns closely mimic those of several of he languages of West Africa, which is the area from which the great majority of Louisiana's enslaved persons came. We conversed in Creole French using the Afro-Creole sentence structure.
Author: Dr. Angelique Bergeron
Author: Brian J. Costello
Date: 11-11-2017
Location: Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Primary URL: http://www.pointe-coupee.lib.la.us/

"Sold into Enslavement: The Tribulation and Vindication of the Olivo Family of False River" by Brian J. Costello-New Roads (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Sold into Enslavement: The Tribulation and Vindication of the Olivo Family of False River" by Brian J. Costello-New Roads
Abstract: Our last, and very powerful, presentation was given by local scholar, historian, and genealogist Brian Costello. He accompanied his talk with a Power Point Presentation. Some years ago while researching another family, Brian noticed the name "Olivo", a family from Pointe Coupee, and became intrigued with their story. The Olivos were one of many families in Pointe Coupee that had branches "blanc" and "de couleur." The branch of color stemmed from George Olivo II, with one of his enslaved labor force, a black woman named Magdelaine. In 1801, Olivo emancipated Magdelaine, then aged 40 years, along with their (his) five natural children. He died two years later, and in his last will and testament, he left his natural de couleur family all of his property, including a farm on the New Roads side of False River. Of particular interest to those in attendance was the fact that many of the individuals mentioned in the story had direct descendants present in the audience. Brian brought this amazing story to life while incorporating the history of the times and of Pointe Coupee, in particular, into focus. There were many questions asked after the presentation, and many people stayed after the presentation to speak with Brian.
Author: Brian J. Costello
Date: 11-18-2017
Location: Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Primary URL: http://www.pointe-coupee.lib.la.us/


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