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Mother Henriette Delille

The debate rages across the internet about the proposed canonization of Mother Henriette Delille - a free creole of color, "born in 1813 in New Orleans to Jean Baptiste Delille-Sarpy and Pouponne Dias. Her mother was a quandroon and the mistress of her father, who was an aristocrat. Henriette's great great grandmother, Nanette, was a slave"

Recently - Vanessa Williams portrayed her in a made-for-TV movie.
Do a google search and read the debate - LA Creoles of Color are outraged that she is being listed as a Free African American (with her Spanish and French heritage ignored)

Well, it's a fascinating bit of history, nonetheless, and those of you doing research in LA may find it quite interesting.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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