FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Teresa Devlin, The Historic New Orleans Collection
(504) 598-7170 | teresad@hnoc.org

Sarah Chambless Federer, Gambel Communications
(504) 324-4242 | sarahc@gambelpr.com

WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: "Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade," a free exhibition

WHEN: On view March 17-July 18, 2015
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays)

WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana

HOW: Admission is free.

WHY: In 1808, America abolished the international slave trade, ending the export of people from the African continent to the Americas. The domestic slave trade, however- the buying and selling of slaves within the U.S.-continued until the close of the Civil War in 1865.

During those 57 years between 1808 and 1865, an estimated one million people found themselves at the center of a forced migration that wrought havoc on the lives of enslaved families, as owners and traders in the Upper South-Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC-sold and shipped surplus laborers to the expanding Lower South-Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Many of those individuals passed through New Orleans, which was the largest slave market in antebellum America.

The exhibition "Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade" examines the individuals involved in the trade and considers New Orleans's role in this era of U.S. history. Erin M. Greenwald, a historian at The Historic New Orleans Collection, curated the display, which includes period broadsides, paintings and prints illustrating the domestic slave trade, ship manifests and first-person accounts from slave narratives and oral histories.

The objects on view represent items from THNOC's holdings as well as artifacts from Belmont Mansion in Nashville; Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana; the Louisiana State Museum; the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans; the National Archives and Records Administration; the New Orleans Notarial Archives; Touro Infirmary Archives and private collections.

"Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865" opens Tuesday, March 17, and will remain on view through Saturday, July 18, at The Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. The galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call (504) 523-4662 or visit www.hnoc.org for more information, including details on exhibition-related programming.

 

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About The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662.

 

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