Freedom in Congo Square

Six more days to Congo Square.

By Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Read by J.D. Jackson African American / Children's Nonfiction / Cultural / History - United States English Age group 4-8 12m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Video DVD July 25, 2017 $38.99 $38.99 9781520079066 Add to Cart
									As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when, at least for half a day, they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. There, they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This poetic, nonfiction story about this little-known piece of African American history chronicles the daily duties of such slaves-from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday-and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square, capturing humanity's capacity to find hope and joy even in the most difficult of circumstances and demonstrating how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom's heart.

"Transcendent and inspiring, the program communicates an important facet of African American culture with panache and is a perfect pairing with the award-winning book. Ideal for school and public library settings." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"In rhyming couplets, Weatherford vividly describes each day of nonstop work under a 'dreaded lash' until Sunday, when slaves and free blacks could assemble in Congo Square...The poetry is powerful and evocative, providing a strong and emotional window into the world of the slave. Christie's full-bleed paintings are a moving accompaniment...Weatherford and Christie dazzlingly salute African-Americans' drive to preserve their dignity and pride." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"History meets art in this musical and poetic account of a week in the life of an enslaved African in nineteenth-century New Orleans. Narrator JD Jackson's baritone is the perfect instrument to deliver the rhyming couplets that describe each weekday of plantation life." - AudioFile

"A pulsating world music soundtrack energizes this iconographic-animated adaptation… this informative and imaginative history lesson is highly recommended." - Video Librarian