Free People of Color Museum, New Orleans

Free People of Color Museum, New Orleans

Housed within an elegant 1859 Greek Revival mansion in the Upper Tremé, this museum is a testament to a 30-year compilation of artifacts, documents, furniture, and art. Its mission is to illuminate the often-overlooked history of a remarkable subculture: the 'free people of color' who played a distinctive yet significant role in shaping the city before the Civil War. To explore this captivating narrative, visitors must arrange guided tours in advance.

Each room within the museum offers a glimpse into various epochs of the city's history, with a special focus on the life of Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, a physician and newspaper publisher born in 1823. The collection, though modest in size, is nothing short of fascinating, including original records that detail the journeys of those who transitioned from slavery to freedom, achieved either through 'coartación' (purchasing their own freedom) or as recognition for exceptional service. Additionally, the house and the grounds are neatly maintained.

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Sight Name: Free People of Color Museum
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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