KITE FEST APRIL 1 & 2, 2017

Purchased Lives

March 1st, 2017 through March 31st

Where: West Baton Rouge Museum
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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
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.