The daily lives of 19th-century enslaved people in Louisiana often culminated with Sunday in Congo Square, where they would be allowed to set up a market, sing, dance and experience a certain level of freedom.
That is the subject of a new book by author Carole Boston Weatherford.
“Freedom in Congo Square” is an illustrated children’s book that examines the routine and the emotional celebration that came at the square.
Weatherford will sign copies of her book in New Orleans on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St.
The book chronicles the system of slavery. The story follows the slaves’ duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to plucking hens on Saturday and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.
A prolific, award-winning author whose children’s’ books have covered topics such as jazz, slavery and photography, Weatherford is a professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.