|Jean-Baptiste Jean's 1976 painting, 'Market,' is part of the LSU Museum |
of Art's exhibit, 'The Carnival, the City and the Sea Haitian Art from the
Perry Smith Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.'
The exhibit runs through March 20.
Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER --
The interwoven history of St. Domingue, now Haiti, and New Orleans predates the founding of city. Haiti was the jumping off point for Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville when in 1698 he traveled to the Gulf Coast to establish a settlement.
But it was a century later that Haiti and Haitians had a true impact on New Orleans. In 1791 as slaves started revolting in Haiti, whites and free blacks flocked to New Orleans where they influenced, among other things, the rebuilding of the city after the fire of 1794 with their Creole cottages and another infrastructure.
And together, the Haitian Creoles and the original French Creoles continued to build a largely French society, even as the United States took over the territory.