Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Orleans Desegregation Project Update

ARC staff are pleased to announce two more processed collections pertaining to the project commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of New Orleans public schools.

Jane T. Lemann papers

Jane Lemann's personal papers reflect her wide civic involvement throughout New Orleans, particularly in issues of educational reform and school desegregation.  The collection consists largely of collected publications from a wide range of activist organizations and related correspondence.

Catholic Council for Human Relations records

This collection documents the desegregation of New Orleans' parochial schools, and includes correspondence, a scrapbook, and collected publications.

Posted by Andrew Salinas

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lecture on Julius Rosenwald Fund

Longue Vue House and Gardens in partnership with the Amistad Research Center and the New Orleans Museum of Art will present a free lecture by Daniel Schulman entitled "Anyplace But Here: African American Art and Rosenwald Fellow's Travel." The lecture builds upon the current Beyond the Blues exhibition at NOMA by exploring the artistic legacy of the Julius Rosenwald Fund.

Created by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the Fund's Fellowship Program awarded stipends between 1928 and 1948 to hundreds of African American artists, writers, teachers, and scholars, as well as white Southerners interested in race relations.

In conjunction with the lecture, Longue Vue will display serigraphs from Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture Series, 1986-1997, held at the Amistad Research Center. Lawrence received three consecutive Rosenwald fellowships from 1940 to 1943. Like other artists supported by Rosenwald's philanthropy, Lawrence helped to pave the way for equal participation by African Americans in American arts and life, a cause taken up by Rosenwald's daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Edgar Stern, the founders of Longue Vue.

Date: Thursday, May 20
Time: 6:30 pm with reception to follow
Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans

Seating at this lecture will be first-come, first-served. Contact Joe Baker for more information at 504.488.5488, ext. 400 or

Posted by Christopher Harter

(Contemplation by Jacob Lawrence, serigraph, 1993, Amistad Research Center. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)