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.With our international travel planner, New Orleans attractions like Le Musee de f.p.c. can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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.
Le Musee de f.p.c. Reviews
This is a wonderful small museum. $15 small donation, a 1 1/2hr tour of the history of black slaves, the work of entrepreneurial black men and women in aiding slaves to freedom, along with eradicating... more »
This museum wasn’t what I expected at all, but it exceeded any expectations I may have had. The home has no historical value as far as f.p.c. However, it was purchased in the late 1990’s by an African... more »
Guide Kim was splendid, delivering so much information with grace and humor. Get out of the Quarter and see this place. Beautiful house filled with antiques, so many paintings and prints, documents (with printed transcripts for those in difficulty scripts).
Please visit this place. And when you do, I hope Kim does your tour .She's the museum's curator and gives an excellent tour. She's so good, I kept asking myself "How can she remenber all of this information?" Please stop by when you visit New Orleans. Be sure to make an appointment. And they do accept debit and credit cards for the entrance fee, which by the way, is well worth the cost.
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