Antoinette Harrell


Dr. Antoinette Harrell preserves oral histories and documents prominent and influential African American families and leaders of Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes in Louisiana. She co-founded a genealogy camp for children in New Orleans and became the first in Louisiana to take the African Ancestry DNA test, tracing her maternal ancestor to Niger, Africa. Harrell was very instrumental in establishing five African American collections at the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and her work has been featured in many national and international media publications.



9:45 am to 10:30 am
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room F
Black Homesteaders of the South
with Bernice A. Bennett, Falan Olivia Goff, Antoinette Harrell, and Clara Robertson

10:45 am to 11:30 am
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing

Black Homesteaders of the South (contributor)

Meet the black men and women who toiled from sunup to sundown to live the American dream.


Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

Read More


Follow on Twitter

We are social
Quick Email