Lunchtime Lecture – Liberties of Creole Women in 19th Century Louisiana

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host Creole historian, Barbara Trevigne for a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, March 21 at Noon. Madame Trevigne will present on the “Liberties of Creole Women in 19th Century Louisiana.”

Barbara Trevigne is a social worker, preservationist, performing artist, and historian. As part of her presentation, Mme Trevigne will share her extensive research on the tignon and the styles of dress of creole women in 18th and 19th century New Orleans and Louisiana. During that era, Louisiana’s women of color were forced by law to wear a covering on their heads during Governor Don Estevan Miro’s administration. This restriction became transformed into a fashion statement by women of colonial Louisiana.   She will also present historic documents and discuss how to follow the female lineage when researching family genealogy. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.

The Créoles du Monde, or Creoles of the World exhibit, celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

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