Browse By Migrations Geography Timeline Source Materials Education Materials Search
Afro-Creoles and Americans
< Soldiers, Rebels, and PiratesAfro-Creoles and AmericansFrom Revolution to Romanticism >
Image GalleryNext ImageLast Image
view larger imageview larger image request a copy request a copy

New Orleans Museum of Art; Museum Purchase, Clarence John [86.113]

Jean-Phillipe Potteau. Portrait of Marie Lassus of New Orleans. Albumen print, 14 3/4 x 11 inches.

New Orleans Creoles of Color

Marie Lassus, the young daughter of a black mother and a French father, was an affluent member of the city's free population. The New Orleans community of free people of color was large and, in many instances, well educated and prosperous. By 1840, fifteen thousand free people of color, the majority of whom were French-speaking Creoles, lived in the city. Their status, however, had deteriorated with the Americanization of the state. The American two-tiered system that only recognized whites and blacks had relegated them to a degraded status.

Hide indexing information
Image ID: 1169585
Title: Portrait of Marie Lassus of New Orleans.
Name: Rousseau, Louis () - Artist
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art; Museum Purchase, Clarence John [86.113]
Subjects: African American women
Free Blacks
New Orleans (La.)

Keywords: Creoles
Dress - United States
New Orleans
Women - United States
Image GalleryNext ImageLast Image
Home About Glossary The New York Public Library
Privacy Policy | Rules & Regulations | Using the Internet | Website Terms & Conditions

© The New York Public Library, 2005.