Women of New Orleans: Builders And Rebuilders Exhibits
Women of New Orleans: Builders and Rebuilders engages the community and celebrates generations of women who have built and rebuilt the city by placing women at the forefront of the New Orleans narrative for the first time.
Builders exhibits create unique and novel educational opportunities for community members, visitors, teachers and students to engage with the vital role women have played – and continue to play – in the life of the city.
A series of exhibits in more than 50 diverse museums, archives, libraries and historic houses over the next two years will shine a spotlight on the prominent role women played in creating the cultural, physical and social infrastructure of New Orleans.
The first exhibits launched in 2015 and will continue to roll out between now and the city’s Tri-centennial celebrations in 2018. Detailed information on current exhibits can be found below.
Take a sneak peek at the future Builders exhibits and start planning your visits. If you missed the earlier exhibits, you can see a few of the items from each exhibit in the fascinating Builders archives we are building.
With Builders, Nola4Women has developed a model for honoring the role women have played in communities across the globe.
400 Royal Street
The timeline of Women and the Law in Louisiana features information and images about various milestones that influenced the legal status of women in the United States, particularly in Louisiana. The exhibition highlights women judges in Louisiana from the 1940s, Anna Veters Levy, through to the current Chief Justice, Bernette J. Johnson.
This timeline details specific accomplishments of Louisiana women set within an extensive compilation of steps representing the progress of American women in respect to the law. The timeline dates from the 1638 immigration of Margaret Brent to Maryland and her appointment as “his Lordship’s attorney” and ends with the swearing in of Bernette J. Johnson as the 25th Chief Justice and the first African American Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. In between these two leaders, biographies of over one hundred women can be viewed.
Online here, you see Caroline Merrick, one of Louisiana’s staunchest supporters of suffrage, as well as images and artifacts from national and local events and institutions from the period 1879 to 1895.
Raised in New Orleans by parents of African American and Native American descent, Frances Joseph-Gaudet (1861-1934) dedicated herself to a life of social work and prison reform. In 1894 as a young widow, she founded the Prison Reform Association to assist both black and white prisoners who had been unjustly accused.
She was the first woman in Louisiana to support juvenile prisoners; her efforts resulted in the formation of the juvenile court system. She also purchased a farm on Gentilly Road and established the Colored Industrial Home and School.
2701 State Street
The Ursuline Presence in New Orleans exhibition explores the building of New Orleans through through the formation of its women, especially those shaped by an education by the Ursulines. Through artifacts and documents, viewers will be able to see the almost three hundred years of influences that made this order of nuns vibrant and influential, and the work of their students and alumnae, lasting and significant
Tilton Memorial Hall, 6823 St. Charles Avenue
923 Tchoupitoulas Street
2601 Gentilly Blvd
The Cabildo, 701 Chartres Street
National Park Service and Louisiana State Museum at the Mint
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue
March 9, 2-3 pm, Jazz Master Series with Chloe Feora
March 15, 2-3 pm, with Kalinda Laveau
March 16, 2-3 pm, Jazz Master Series with Marla Dixon
March 18, 1-3 pm, Plenary and Performance (Women in Music, The Untold Story and Original Pinettes Brass Band)
March 29, 2-3 pm, Stephanie Niles
Caroline Richardson Building, 62 Newcomb Place
Opening Reception, Friday, March 3, 5:30-7:30