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Re: Celestine LaCoust or LaCoste of New Orleans 18

I have not come across that name. You may want to, first, confirm the spelling of her last name to make sure that it is Lacoste. Next, you may want to confirm that she actually owned the fair grounds. The New Orleans Fair Grounds has been holding races since the 1850s. I don't know the likelihood of a female Les Gens de Couleur Libre owning an establishment where rich White land owners (Americans who were opposed to Creole culture) would gamble on horse racing , BUT we ARE talking about N.O. You may also want to go to the Main Branch of the N.O. Public Library. I was able to find a lot of information about my ancestors there.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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