Michael Ross was interviewed by Laine Kaplan-Levenson of TriPod: NOLA at 300 on his book The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era (Oxford, 2014): "It's true. The NOPD first hired black officers in the 1860s. New York City didn't have an African American in their ranks until 1911. … Continue reading Ross Interview on The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case | WWNO
Michael A. Ross, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. Oxford University Press, 2014. On the book: "In June 1870, the residents of the city of New Orleans were already on edge when two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby from in front of her New Orleans … Continue reading BOOK: Ross on The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case
Trimiko Melancon writes: "...Yet, there are many instances that appear to do just that. As Jamil Smith notes, “$6 million is about the going rate for a black life ended by the police.” The assessment is based on payments cities agreed to pay the families of Eric Garner ($5.9 million by New York City), … Continue reading Melancon on Money and Black Life
At the UNC Press Blog, Historian LaKisha Michelle Simmons explores the historic and symbolic significance of the plantation settings in Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade, including references to the 1811 Louisiana slave revolt.
This enlightening discussion will focus on memory, commemorations, and legacies of the slave trade and slavery, and feature panelists John Cummings and Ibrahima Seck of the Whitney Plantation and Museum; Columbia University professor Saidiya Hartman; architect Rodney Leon; and University of Pennsylvania professor Salamishah Tillett. This program is brought to you by the Lapidus Center … Continue reading VIDEO: The Lapidus Center Presents Slavery and Memory x Whitney Plantation
Sophie White on slave testimony and engaging the archive: "Indeed, far from seeing a court appearance as exclusively antagonistic, the enslaved sometimes seized the opportunity to testify. When they did so, they tended to move past the specifics of the court case. The importance of this archive therefore lies not in its presentation of factual … Continue reading White on “Listening to the Enslaved” | openDemocracy
If your summer travels take you to Louisiana, be sure to visit Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana (about forty miles from New Orleans). See below for #ADPhD Founder and Curator Jessica Marie Johnson's reflection on her visit last February.... Johnson on Time, Space, and Memory at Whitney Plantation "Each statue represents a person. Most represent … Continue reading Johnson on Time, Space, and Memory at Whitney Plantation (Louisiana)