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January 20, 2021
By Libby Neidenbach, visitor services trainer

Local circumstances—and tragedies—shaped Black New Orleanians’ successful struggle for the vote, but their fight had far-reaching consequences.




January 19, 2021
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

After the Union liberated New Orleans, Black activists fought for civil liberties and basic human rights.




January 18, 2021
By Nick Weldon, associate editor

150 years before Kamala Harris was inaugurated as the nation's first Black vice president, newspapers speculated that Louisianan Oscar J. Dunn could be up for the job.




December 22, 2020
By Teresa Devlin, marketing manager

On November 14, 1960, four six-year-old girls in New Orleans became pioneers in the national civil rights movement. While they were confronted by mobs of protestors in their own neighborhoods, well-wishers from across the country sent cards of encouragement.




October 21, 2020
Nick Weldon, associate editor

In the first presidential election after the Civil War, violence and voter suppression prevented Black voters from exercising their right. 




October 16, 2020
Molly Cleaver, editor

What do we mean when we talk about Cajun Country?  The answers are tied up in race, class, language, and, of course, history.




October 14, 2020
Margit Longbrake, senior editor

Amid the American Civil War, a new civil rights movement was forming in New Orleans—in French.




August 14, 2020
By Libby Neidenbach, visitor services trainer

Often, the story of women’s suffrage ends at the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Yet, for many women in the South, the fight did not end there.




June 12, 2020
By Pamela D. Arceneaux, senior librarian/rare books curator

When the City of New Orleans passed an ordinance to remove black prostitutes from Storyville, Willie Piazza fought back. Her challenge to segregation was an early, though fleeting, victory against Jim Crow.




June 3, 2020
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

A new novel and a unique genealogical project are bringing fresh attention to the countless stories of separation and struggle all but forgotten in the tragedy of slavery. 




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