Freedom in Congo Square

By WEATHERFORD, Carole Boston

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ISBN
9781499801033
Publisher
Little Bee


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on October 1, 2015  |  Elementary

Gr 1–3—This vibrant picture book examines Congo Square in New Orleans. A foreword and author's note explain how, historically, slaves in Louisiana were allowed Sunday afternoons off. This custom continued after the territory joined the United States, although in time, New Orleans established one location for all slaves to gather: an area that became known as Congo Square. This unique practice helped enslaved and free Africans maintain cultural traditions. The impact was felt far beyond Ne...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2016

In historic Louisiana, enslaved Africans were provided a half-day of rest each Sunday, and in New Orleans their official and legal gathering place was Congo Square. With two spare couplets for each day of the week, Weatherford tells readers what slavery looks like. The verses count down to Sunday: "Mondays, there were hogs to slop, / mules to train, and logs to chop. / Slavery was no ways fair. Six more days to Congo Square." A slow, stea...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

In Louisiana, enslaved Africans were provided a half-day of rest each Sunday; in New Orleans, they gathered in Congo Square. Spare couplet...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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