Freddi Williams Evans



Freddi Williams Evans is the author of Come Sunday: A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square and Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, which received the 2012 Louisiana Humanities Book of the Year Award and has been published in French. Her research influenced the city ordinance that made the name “Congo Square” the official name of the landmark. Evans is also an award-winning author of three historically-based children’s books.



10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Book Talk
New Orleans and the World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Book Talk
Come Sunday: A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Come Sunday: A Young Reader's History of Congo Square

Come Sunday is an image-driven book for middle grade students that includes culturally relevant content with parallel histories of Congo Square and New Orleans, historical background on present-day cultural practices, and over 100 images and primary source documents that promote critical thinking.




New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology

New Orleans celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding in 2018. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is proud to announce Nov. 8, 2017, as the publication date for New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Anthology, a collection of essays by leading scholars illuminating the role of the city in major events in U.S. and world history, the economic innovations and cultural expressions birthed in the city that impacted people around the globe, and the succeeding waves of new populations who redefined the city's shape and society.

Published by the LEH in partnership the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, and the 2018 NOLA Foundation, New Orleans and the World explores the city's first three centuries through the eyes of its finest historians. Contributors include Emily Clark, Erin Greenwald, Keith Weldon Medley, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, John Shelton Reed, Sally Reeves, Daniel Usner, and Dr. Michael White, with forewords from Leah Chase and Walter Isaacson. Richard Campanella, Robert L. Dupont, Freddi Williams Evans, Alecia P. Long, Kara Tucina Olidge, and Lawrence N. Powell served as the editorial board for the book, which was edited by Nancy Dixon.


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