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Learning Before Lunch

Rediscovering the Legacy of New Orleans’ Free People of Color


Kim Coleman

Curatorial Manager and Education Specialist at the McKenna Museums (The McKenna Museum of African American Art & Le Musee de f.p.c.)

February 13th

Room 407 Earl K Long Library, UNO

Registration and coffee with our speaker 9:30

Lecture will end at 11:00

Free people of color, often abbreviated f.p.c., is the term used to refer to Blacks who were born free or manumitted prior to the Civil War. Also referred to as gens de couleur libres, their presence in New Orleans is recorded as early as 1722. Although there were enclaves of free people of color who numbered well over a quarter million residing throughout the United States during the antebellum period, New Orleans and south Louisiana were home to one of the oldest and largest populations of such. On the eve of the Civil War, in New Orleans alone, there resided 18,000 who owned and paid taxes on $15 million of property. (Links to more information on the McKenna museums: https://www.facebook.com/MckennaMuseum/; https://www.facebook.com/LeMuseedefpc/

Thursday, February 13, 2020
9:00am - 11:00am
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Dougie Hitt Conference Room, Library 407
  Dougie Hitt Conference Room (Library 407)  

Event Organizer

Norma Mukherjee