The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) consistently documents systemic injustices of our community. We are committed to building our collections in a purposeful way, cognizant that the historic record is scarred by the absence of voices of the oppressed. The steps we take to be inclusive in documenting today will have a great impact on what we know tomorrow.
We recently published a book of Afro-Creole Poetry originally printed in French-language newspapers run by free people of color. The voices of these Civil War-era poets and activists, as documented in the historic record, can and should guide us toward a better and more just society.
–Daniel Hammer, The Historic New Orleans Collection, President and CEO