In joint collaboration with the French and Spanish hierarchy, the church laid down the oppressive “Black Codes”, that maintained a legal noose around the necks of Africans. With vigorous zeal the church took pride in “humanizing” the slave by trying to wipe out the Africans’ culture. This included their religion, their language, and their art forms, like dance. This walk through old New Orleans visits some of the institutions responsible for these dirty deeds.
In 1809 the Ursuline nunnery in New Orleans offered a reward for the return of a runaway slave.