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Tignon (1985)

North Star



Genre: History, Educational

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985

Duration: 00:14:34

Subjects: BLACK HISTORY | Free blacks | Free people of color | Tignon | St. Louis Cemetery #2 (New Orleans, La.) | CEMETERIES


  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Hinton, Rob Reporter


This episode of the series "North Star" from 1985 focuses on the history of free people of color in New Orleans during the time of slavery, including: a look at the population and wealth of the free people of color; a proclamation issued by Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miro requiring all black women to wrap their heads in handkerchiefs called tignons; and a tour and remembrance of the free people of color buried in the above ground tombs at St. Louis Cemetery Number 2 in New Orleans. Host: Genevieve Stewart