Le Ker Creole: Runaway Slaves, Music and Memory in Louisiana
This tour with guest curators Rachel Breunlin and Bruce Sunpie Barnes takes viewers through the recent exhibition Le Kèr Creole (The Creole Heart): Runaway Slaves, Music, and Memory in Louisiana, which was on display at the Cabildo through Fall 2020. The exhibition explored the legacy of Creole language and music through historic artifacts and contemporary art. It highlighted the story of San Malo, an enslaved man who escaped his plantation and created one of the largest maroon (runaway) settlements in North America. Although Spanish officials captured him and hanged him along with three other maroons on present-day Jackson Square on June 19, 1784, his historical memory inspired generations of Louisianians.