Non-Fiction for Adults

2012 Humanities Book of the Year!

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

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Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans

This comprehensive study provides new and expanded research on the history of Congo Square, one of the New World’s most sacred sites of African American memory and community. It discusses the contributions of enslaved and free people of African descent who gathered there on Sunday afternoons along with accounts and descriptions of songs, dances, musical instruments, religious beliefs, and marketing traditions that typified those gatherings.

“An important contribution to the humanities that has national and international implications.”
-Jonn Hankins, Director, The New Orleans African American Museum




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Historical Fiction for Children

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The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story
by Freddi Williams Evans

Jordan B. Noble, known as “Old Jordan,” served in four American wars. As Andrew Jackson’s drummer, fourteen-year-old Noble summoned the troops to action during the Battle of New Orleans.

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Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret
by Freddi Williams Evans

“Steal Away to Jesus” is one of the coded songs that enslaved Africans used to announce secret religious meetings. Those gathering typically took place at night in secluded areas known as Hush Harbors.

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A Bus of Our Own
by Freddi Williams Evans

More than anything, Mable Jean wants to go to school. But school is five miles away, and it’s a long walk for a little girl, especially in the cold or rain.

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