317. Part 1 of our interview with Nick Douglas, author of Finding Octave. With a flash of recognition, the author meets the gaze of his ancestor in a sepia-toned photo. Knowing next to nothing about this man, his great-great-grandfather Octave, he follows two families that lead to his own. On a journey stretching from Haiti to India, and back to the 16th century, the author's adventures strangely echo those of his ancestors. Finding Octave finds an America where "free people of color"-unfettered blacks, Indians and Creoles-had power and wealth that whites struggled to claim as their own. In this pre-Civil War America, blacks negotiated their own freedom from slavery. Some chose to be slaveholders themselves. Confronting the terrible truth about slavery within his family, the author uncovers an American secret. This week in Louisiana history. June 15, 1910. Evangeline Parish created. This week in New Orleans history. On June 15, 1845 when the news of Andrew Jackson’s death reached New Orleans, Mayor Montegut requested that all flags be lowered to half-mast. Guns were fired at intervals of 15 minutes. The St. Louis Cathedral being refused to General Jackson’s friends for the funeral obsequies (Jackson being a Protestant) the ceremonies took place on June 26 in the Place d’Armes, now known as Jackson Square. It was near dusk when the head of the procession entered the square and night set in before the orators could commence. The top of the railing around the square was lighted with lamps and the platform was illuminated with a circle of torches making a most picturesque appearance. This week in Louisiana. Louisiana Catfish Festival. St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church 17324 LA 631 Des Allemands, LA 70030 (985) 758-7542 [email protected] Home-cooked food, live music, and rides. Postcards from Louisiana. Maude Caillat and the Aphrodesiacs play.Listen on iTunes Listen on Stitcher Listen on Google Play. Listen on Spotify. The Louisiana Anthology Home Page. Like us on Facebook.
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