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Le Musee de f.p.c., New Orleans

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Free people of color, often abbreviated f.p.c., is the term used to refer to Blacks who were born free or manumitted prior to the Civil War. Also referred to as gens de couleur libres, their presence in New Orleans is recorded as early as 1722. Although there were enclaves of free people of color who numbered well over a quarter million residing throughout the United States during the antebellum period, New Orleans and south Louisiana were home to one of the oldest and largest populations of such. On the eve of the Civil War, in New Orleans alone, there resided 18,000 who owned and paid taxes on $15 million of property.

This remarkable community of resilient, resourceful and enterprising people produced artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, educators, physicians, journalists, and countless business owners and professionals prior to the Civil War. And in the midst of Reconstruction, the former free people of color led the entry of Blacks into politics. Perhaps most forgotten is the activists role they played in the Civil Rights Movement as early as 1862 and in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896.
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  • Le Muse de f.b.c. curates such an authentic experience that centers Black history in New Orleans unlike any other place I’ve been to. I walked away knowing and appreciating the city and it’s culture.....  more
    Le Muse de f.b.c. curates such an authentic experience that centers Black history in New Orleans unlike any other place I’ve been to. I walked away knowing and appreciating the city and it’s culture.....  more »
  • This museum is located in a beautiful old house. It celebrates the lives, legacies, and contributions of men and women of African descent who have left an indelible mark on New Orleans, Louisiana and....  more
    This museum is located in a beautiful old house. It celebrates the lives, legacies, and contributions of men and women of African descent who have left an indelible mark on New Orleans, Louisiana and....  more »
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  • This tour was freaking amazing. Seriously. I am so very glad that I came. I had initially needed to reschedule the first tour, the second they had to reschedule. I am so glad that they are here. This is the only museum dedicated to the free people of color in the state and even in the US, quite possibly the world. This is a small place and from what I understand each tour has its own flavor. I look forward to coming back and bringing others with me. This is on the list of the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, and I can see why. I walked out with a new perspective.
  • We were there for a wedding and reception. Beautiful place

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