The New Orleans Tribune: America's First Black Daily Newspaper.

“The New Orleans Tribune: An Introduction to America’s First Black Daily Newspaper”

by Mark Charles Roudané

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“Race, Memory, and the World that Made New Orleans”

by Mark Charles Roudané

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The Fillmore School, New Orleans

“The New Orleans Tribune and the Struggle for Public Education”

by Mark Charles Roudané

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Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, founder of the original New Orleans Tribune

“The Color of Freedom: Louis Charles Roudanez, New Orleans, and the Transnational Origins of the African American Freedom Movement”

By Matthew Charles Roudané and Mark Charles Roudané

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Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, Founder of the New Orleans Tribune

“The Common Wind’s Creole Visionary: Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez”

by Caryn Cossé Bell

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French map of Saint-Domingue French colony in Hispanola island, by Nicolas de Fer

“Louis Charles Roudanez, a Creole of Color of Saint-Domingue Descent: Atlantic Reinterpretations of Nineteenth-Century New Orleans”

by Nathalie Dessens

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The New Orleans Tribune, America's First Black Daily Newspaper

“Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez: Publisher of America’s First Black Daily Newspaper”

by Laura V. Rouzan

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Leon A. Waters, "The Three C's"

“The Three C’s”

by Leon A. Waters

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Mark Charles Roudané and Louis Charles Roudanez

“Discovering Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez”

by Mark C. Roudané

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Video presentations

Click here to watch videos from the Memorial Forum, “History and Memory: Reclaiming the Legacy of Louis Charles Roudanez and America’s First Civil Rights Movement” held in New Orleans on March 11, 2015. Includes presentations by Barbara Trévigne, Leon A. Waters, Jari C. Honora, Dr. Catherine Jouve, Dr. Raphael Cassimere Jr., and a closing reception at Le Musée de f.p.c. with remarks from Beverly Stanton McKenna.

About the Authors

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Newspaper articles

The New Orleans Tribune inaugual issue, 1864
The New Orleans Tribune inaugual issue, 1864

“It would be hard to name a more accomplished individual than Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, a Louisiana Creole whose courage and achievements have secured him a permanent berth in both civil-rights and publishing history.” —From “Memorial Dedication Honoring Louis Charles Roudanez,” published by LA Creole

“Roudanez’s first issue criticized the existence of Black Codes in the United States. It also posted the Proceedings of the National Brotherhood Association that was held in St. James Church (A.M.E.). The newspaper was bilingual with editions in French and English. Throughout that first year, The Tribune featured reports such as the Official Report on the Freedmen, articles on the continuing war effort, and the arrival of guns that were captured by brave Black Union troops. It also published presidential proclamations, advertisements announcing marriages, a Republican coffeehouse, school books, second-hand furniture, and a medical physician. In 1864, it reported that the mule-drawn street cars would be integrated. Other articles railed against the slave labor system in Louisiana.” —From “Celebrating Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez” in The New Orleans Tribune

“Those who ran the Tribune championed a bold agenda during a time when even the most radical abolitionists were hesitant to call for suffrage. The Tribune not only demanded voting rights for both free and freed blacks, but the paper demanded that blacks be allowed to serve on juries and called for integration of schools, restaurants, and theatres. The Tribune also called for the ownership of plantations to be transferred to ex-slaves and low wage workers who toiled in their fields.” —From “Roudanez, Louis C.” in


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