PROGRAM: Purchased Lives

Presented by:
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Other Subject: African American/Black, History, Professional Development Audience: All, Educators

A partnership with The Historic New Orleans Collection, Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 is a traveling panel exhibition that explores the history of the domestic slave trade. The exhibition is presented by Entergy Corporation with additional support from the National Park Service and will travel to ten Louisiana communities from 2016 to 2018. The tour began November 2016 at the Cane River National Heritage.

Curated by THNOC Historian Erin M. Greenwald, Purchased Lives examines the period between America’s 1808 abolishment of the international slave trade and the end of the Civil War, during which an estimated two million people were forcibly moved among the nation’s states and territories. The traveling exhibition will be presented alongside original artifacts. The National Endowment for the Humanities is supporting the traveling exhibition as well as teacher workshops and programming at each site. The LEH will issue grant funds and travel stipends to participating host sites and coordinate training workshops.

Timeline of upcoming events:

  • The Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia (July 17 to Aug. 28, 2017)
  • Nicholls State University in Thibodaux (Sept. 1 to Oct. 13, 2017)
  • The Pointe Coupee Library in New Roads (Oct. 17 to Nov. 28, 2017)
  • The St. Tammany Parish Library in Slidell (Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018)
  • Calcasier Parish Public Libraries (Jan. 16 to Feb. 27, 2018)