A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History and the American Library Association.
Purchased Lives is a traveling exhibition from the Historic New Orleans Collection with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. From the colonial period and into statehood, slavery was a ubiquitous element of everyday life in New Orleans and Louisiana—affecting all parts of the local community, economy, and culture. The official end of the international slave trade, marked by the signing into law of An Act to Prohibit the Importation of Slaves on the second day of March 1807, dramatically altered the way slaves were bought and sold in the United States of America. In New Orleans, this meant an increase in sales of slaves brought to the city from the Upper South, and eventually the establishment of the city as a primary hub of the domestic slave trade.
Opening reception for Purchased Lives with performances by musical African Drumming demonstrations and a one-woman show, “Mrs. Catherine Cornelius from Smithfield Plantation: An Ex-slave Narrative” portrayed by Judy Whitney Davis . Judy Whitney Davis is a professional singer, actress, and voice over artist Refreshments will be served following these two moving performances.
Lunchtime Lecture, “Taking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade” with Erin Greenwald, Historic New Orleans Collection’s curator and historian will discuss the research behind the “Purchased Lives” exhibition and the importance of grappling with the complex histories of race and slavery in the 21st century.
In Their Own Voices: Student Demonstrators Who Changed History, a lunchtime panel discussion led by Dr. Rachel Emanuel. Southern University students in the 1960’s were part of a movement that changed history. Hear what several of them feel about their actions then and their desire to pass the torch to new generations of history makers.
Lunchtime Lecture featuring Dr. Julie Rose, “Allendale Plantation Slave Community,” Colonel John T. Nolan established Westover Plantation in West Baton Rouge as early as the 1820’s, amassing acres of farmland and slaves who lived and labored in the cotton and sugarcane fields along the Mississippi River. By the 1850’s, William Nolan and Henry W. Allen purchased the plantation and divided it into Westover and Allendale Plantations. The fields were worked by more than 250 enslaved men and women who came primarily from Africa, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Julie Rose will present the history of the Allendale Quarter’s enslaved community and share some of the enslaved families’ stories and legacies and explain their connection to Solomon Northup.
Film screening: 12 Years A Slave, Based on a true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom, this film tells the story of Solomon Northrop, a free black man from upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery. FREE. Rated R. Run Time, 2 hours, 14 minutes.
Frank Lloyd Wright Interiors, an exhibition of high-quality reproduction drawings of interiors, furnishings, and household objects offers a view into Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative conception of the interior spaces of his houses. Every feature of the house—from the overall structure, to the interior, down to the smallest details and objects—was conceived by Wright from the beginning as a single idea. Added to this exhibition will be an addition of Louisiana Arts and Crafts: Newcomb Pottery, Ford Thomas furniture, and Sam Corso stained glass.
National History Day Competition- The West Baton Rouge Museum will welcome judges, volunteers, teachers and middle and high school students from a twelve parish region to compete individually and in groups with projects including research papers, performances, websites, exhibits, and documentaries. The theme for this year’s contest is “Taking A Stand in History.”