New Exhibit Showcases African-American Masking And Spirituality in Mardi Gras

Louisiana State Museum Exhibition Opening February 13 at the Presbytère  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will not find many Black masking Indians on the streets this carnival season, but you will see their elaborate suits and learn about their use and inspiration inside the museum’s galleries. The exhibit will be...

State Tourism Office Unveils Civil Rights Trail

The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently announced the launch of the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail and LouisianaCivilRightsTrail.com. The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail brings together the events of the 1950s and 1960s that placed the state of Louisiana at the center of the national Civil Rights Movement and narrates the compelling stories and experiences of the people...

LSU Names Building on Campus in Honor of New Orleans Native Clarence Barney Jr.

[contentblock id=1 img=gcb.png] From a press release At the May LSU Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved the naming of the African American Cultural Center as the “Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center.” Barney became the first African-American to serve as chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors in...

Steeped in History—St. Augustine Church

The historic St. Augustine Church was founded in New Orleans in 1841 when the free people of color got permission from Bishop Antoine Blanc to build a church. The Ursuline Sisters donated the property at the corner of Bayou Road and Saint Claude, on the condition the church is named...

Steeped in History: Plessy vs. Ferguson—The Corner of Press & Royal

[contentblock id=1 img=gcb.png] Even though slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865 and the 14th Amendment granted citizenship rights to anyone born or naturalized in the United States, including freed slaves, racial discrimination did not end. In fact, states continued to enact arbitrary and subjective laws that discriminated against African Americans. In Louisiana,...

Plessy-Ferguson Foundation Works to Have Homer Plessy Honored with Medal of Freedom

[contentblock id=1 img=gcb.png] In observance of the 120th anniversary of the Plessy vs. Ferguson Decision on May 18, the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation is embarking on an historic initiative to have Homer Plessy posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his significant role in the American Civil Rights Struggle. “We published...