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Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

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The Tremé neighborhood is often mentioned as a font of New Orleans' musical richness. From resident brass band and jazz musicians back to the congregating of slaves in Congo Square to make music and dance, the neighborhood has been the cornerstone of New Orleans' black culture. In truth, its cultural wealth extends far beyond music. Prior to the Civil War, a thriving community of educated, multilingual and affluent free people of color lived there. The film Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans explores the lives and work of some of the early residents and their descendents. Collaborators Dawn Logsdon and Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie, who narrates, chose to focus on a French language newspaper in telling the early history. Their film covers events up through Plessy v. Ferguson, the construction of the elevated I-10 portion on Claiborne Avenue and Katrina. As part of its Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents this screening along with support from Ashé Cultural Arts Center, the Charitable Film Network and the New Orleans Film Society. Glen David Andrews (who appears in the film) will perform at a reception after the screening. Free admission. — Will Coviello

7 p.m. Sat., Feb 16

Holy Faith Temple Baptist Church, 1325 Gov. Nicholls St., 558-6100; www.tremedoc.com

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