Innovative Explorations at Le Musée de f.p.c.

Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.
at Le Musée de f.p.c.
2336 Esplanade Avenue

This event with OperaCréole is part of an ongoing series with community organizations sponsored by OPERA America’s Innovation Grants.

Did you know New Orleans is home to one of the country’s few attractions dedicated exclusively to preserving the material culture of and telling the story of free people of color? It is. And you are invited to join us at Le Musée de f.p.c. for a presentation and tour celebrating real 19th Century New Orleans free people of color who contributed so much to our music, culture, and economy.

  • Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.
  • at Le Musée de f.p.c. 2336 Esplanade Avenue

Today, inside Le Musée de f.p.c., walls and shelves reveal rarely seen documents — manumission papers granting freedom to former slaves, property records showing that one-third of the French Quarter was once owned by people of color and, finally, a replica of a petition that was hand-delivered in 1864 to President Lincoln by two prominent free black men from New Orleans, Arnold Bertonneau and Jean Baptiste Roudanez, the brother of Louis Charles.

The New York Times (full article here)

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited to 50 people so click below and sign up to secure your seats.

Pictured: Henriette Delille, Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez , Basile Bares, and Edmond Dédé

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OPERA America’s Innovation Grants support exceptional projects that have the capacity to improve the vibrancy of opera in the field’s most important areas of practice. These grants invest $1.5 million annually, enabling organizations to increase their investment in experimentation and innovation, and contribute to field-wide learning. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.