Curious about the history of New Orleans's Congo Square? Check out these three works from authors Freddi Evans and Jeroen Dewulf on the fascinating history of one of the Big Easy's most historic locations steeped with tradition.
Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans comprises the first comprehensive study of one of the New World’s most sacred sites of African American memory and community. This book presents accounts and descriptions of the songs, dances, musical instruments, religious beliefs, and marketing traditions that typified those gatherings. Also included are examples of similar practices that existed in Haiti, Cuba, and other parts of the West Indies, reflecting New Orleans’ relationship with Caribbean countries.
Softcover | 224 Pages | ISBN: 9781935754039 | © 2011
Come Sunday is an image-driven book for middle grade students that provides culturally relevant content and parallel histories of Congo Square and New Orleans; historical background on present-day cultural practices; and over one hundred images and primary documents that promote critical thinking.
Freddi Williams Evans is an independent scholar and the author of Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, the first comprehensive study of the historic landmark and the recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ 2012 Book of the Year Award. Her research and advocacy influenced the 2011 New Orleans City Council ordinance that made the name “Congo Square” the official name of the location.
Softcover | 150 Pages | ISBN: 9781946160102 | © 2017
"From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square is a very intricate study that challenges the ways we should think about the interactions between European and African societies. The author does not skirt the horrific elements of these interactions. Rather, they make up one aspect of a large tapestry tracing the movement of performance tradition from the Kingdom of Kongo throughout the Diaspora."—Matthew Teutsch in Black Perspectives.
Jeroen Dewulf is associate professor and director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, he was distinguished by the Hellman Family Faculty Fund as one of the “Best of Berkeley Researchers” and in 2012 he won the Robert O. Collins Award in African Studies as well as the American Cultures Innovation in Teaching Award. In 2014, he was distinguished with the Hendricks Award of the New Netherland Institute for his research on the early slave community on Manhattan. In 2015, he received the Louisiana Historical Association’s President’s Memorial Award for his research on the Mardi Gras Indians.
Softcover | 264 Pages | ISBN: 9781935754961 | © 2017