The Cabildo
October 11, 2019

Le Kèr Creole (The Creole Heart): Runaway Slaves, Music, and Memory in Louisiana follows the story of Juan San Malo, the leader of a runaway slave community in 1780s, to share the story of Louisiana Creole language and music. Photography by Bruce Sunpie Barnes; lithophanes and paintings by Francis X. Pavy; archival images, maps, and artifacts from the Louisiana State Museum; an interactive altar; and Creole music written and arranged by Bruce Sunpie Barnes and Leroy Etienne explores the legacy of a language created out of resistance. This multimedia exhibit is based on the book and CD Le Kér Creole: Creole Compositions and Stories from Louisiana, a collaborative musical ethnography produced by the Neighborhood Story Project, L’Union Creole, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and published by the University of New Orleans Press.