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To a Dark Girl (1985)

North Star



Genre: History, Educational

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985

Duration: 00:14:20

Subjects: BLACK HISTORY | Quadroon balls | Free people of color | Free blacks | Orleans Ballroom | Delille, Henriette, 1812-1862 | Sisters of the Holy Family (New Orleans, La.) | NUNS | Catholic Church | St. Mary's Academy (New Orleans, La.) | Education


  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Barbara Marie, Sister Interviewee
  • Williams, Leslie Interviewee
  • Diaz, Michelle Interviewee


This episode of the series "North Star" from 1985 focuses on two intertwined stories related to the history of New Orleans in the 19th century: the quadroon balls held at the Orleans Ballroom, clandestine events where white men met free women of color, who would become their mistresses; the founding of the Sisters of the Holy Family, an African American congregation of Catholic nuns, by Henriette DeLille; and a visit to St. Mary’s Academy, the school run by the Sisters of the Holy Family, which was once located at the Orleans Ballroom. Host: Genevieve Stewart