Lecture Series

The Louisiana State Museum and and Friends of the Cabildo’s “Second Thursday”
program is held on the second evening of
each month, beginning at 6 PM in the Cabildo.
Every month a different topic is explored from Louisiana’s unique history.

Programs are free of charge; refreshments courtesy of Friends of the Cabildo.
For more information, contact Paula Chance at 504.523.3939

51SPRAenH-L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_May 14th, 6 p.m. Old U.S. Mint

People of African descent helped shape New Orleans from its earliest days to the present. In his new book, Black Life in Old New Orleans , writer and photographer Keith Weldon Medley provides an overview of African American history in New Orleans from the 1790s to the 1960s, focusing on specific institutions, social movements, and notable individuals. In this lecture, Medley will discuss some of the topics covered in his book, including Faubourg Treme, Congo Square, and Louis Armstrong’s upbringing in Storyville.

New Orleans native Keith Weldon Medley is the author of We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson (2012) and a two-time recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Publication Initiative Grants.  His articles and photographs have appeared in Smithsonian, American Legacy, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Preservation in Print, Historic Preservation and many other publications. Medley has also appeared in documentaries such as Faubourg Treme: the Untold Story of Black New Orleans and HBO’s Beyond Bourbon Street.

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at cscallions@crt.la.gov or 504-568-2123.

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