Jazz Appreciation Month: Screening of 'Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans'
On Friday 9 April 2021, for 'Jazz Appreciation Month' Black History Studies presents the screening of 'Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans,' a riveting tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency set in New Orleans' most fascinating neighbourhood.
Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest Black neighbourhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. While the Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary.
Every frame is a tribute to what African American communities have contributed even under the most hostile of conditions.. It is a film of such effortless intimacy, subtle glances and authentic details that only two native New Orleanians could have made it.
Long ago during slavery, Faubourg Tremé was home to the largest community of free Black people in the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. Here Black and white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create much of what defines New Orleans culture up to the present day. Founded as a suburb (or faubourg in French) of the original colonial city, the neighborhood developed during French rule and many families like the Trevignes kept speaking French as their first language until the late 1960's.
The film brims with unknown historical nuggets:
- Who knew that in the early 1800's, while most African Americans were toiling on plantations, free black people in Tremé were publishing poetry and conducting symphonies?
- Who knew that long before Rosa Parks, Tremé leaders organized sit-ins and protests that successfully desegregated the city's streetcars and schools?
- Who knew that jazz, the area's greatest gift to America, was born from the embers of this first American Civil Rights movement.