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Veterans’ Day Salute

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November 12, 2014 by Gina Costello

Alex Hebert, a carpenter in civilian life, served in World War I.  His photo is found among the Dudley Turnbull,…


Civil War Treasures: Party Planning: St. Landry Parish, Radical Republicans, and the Vote for the 1867 Constitutional Convention

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August 6, 2014 by Gina Costello

Please check out Tara Laver’s column in the Civil War Book Review, which highlights an 1867 letter from “Free People…


Wedding Bells, ca. 1829

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June 27, 2014 by Gina Costello

June is traditionally thought of as the time for weddings, but often in 18th and 19th-century Louisiana, before the wedding…


La Société Philharmonique and the Roots of Jazz

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June 6, 2014 by Gina Costello

By Michael Taylor, Assistant Curator of Books, LSU Libraries Special Collections In 1877, James M. Trotter, the mixed-race son of…


An Impressionistic Connection

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March 14, 2014 by Gina Costello

By Dena Marks “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past” Graduate Assistant and doctoral candidate in English,…


Re: McDonogh/Bauer collection

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November 16, 2013 by Gina Costello

By Dena Marks The term “emancipator” might conjure the image of a saintly champion of justice who crusades against those…


Hybrid Identities

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October 31, 2013 by Gina Costello

Re: Rousseau collection The documents about Jeanne Marie Mallet in the Rousseau collection challenge the received notion that antebellum women…


Welcome to the “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past” Blog

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October 31, 2013 by Gina Costello

Hello, and welcome to the “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past” blog! Over the next two…