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Black History in New Orleans (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-02-19

Duration: 00:25:45

Subjects: African Americans | St. Louis Cemetery #2 (New Orleans, La.) | History | Free people of color | MARDI GRAS | Original Illinois Club


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Neustadter, Marcus Interviewee
  • Bynum, Alden Interviewee
  • Moorehead, Myron Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 19, 1984, focuses on Black history in New Orleans. First, Rob Hinton tours and remembers the free people of color buried in the above ground tombs at St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 in New Orleans. Next, Genevieve Stewart reports on the history of the Original Illinois Club in New Orleans, the oldest African American Mardi Gras social club in the United States. She visits the rehearsals for their debutante ball and interviews: Marcus Neustadter, member; Alden Bynum, member; and Dr. Myron Moorehead, president. Stewart then tours the New Orleans homes built for and by free people of color in the 19th century. Lastly, Hinton remembers Dr. Albert Dent, the former superintendent of Flint-Goodrich Hospital and former president of Dillard University, who has died at 79. This program was preserved through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s Transcribe to Digitize Challenge, a partnership with George Blood LP.