Freedom in Congo Square

This poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human's capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom's heart.

"Mondays, there were hogs to slop,
mules to train, and logs to chop.
Slavery was no ways fair.
Six more days to Congo Square."

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. Here 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 story chronicles slaves' duties each day, 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.

This book includes a forward from Freddi Williams Evans (freddievans.com), a historian and Congo Square expert, as well as a glossary of terms with pronunciations and definitions.

Target age group 4-8
    • 83% off
    Cover price: $17.99, you save $14.99
  • $3.00
Qty:  
In stock (603 copies available)
    • Weight
      1 lbs
    • ISBN-13
      9781499801033
    • ISBN-10
      1499801033
    • Item #
      58239
  • Category
    Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Age Group
    6 to 8 yrs
  • Grade Level
    K-2
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Theme 1
    Social, Personal & Family Topics
  • Theme 2
    History
  • Detailed (BISAC) Subject/Theme
    Prejudice & Racism
  • Awards
    Caldecott Medal Honor Book 2017; Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book 2017
  • Author
    Weatherford, Carole Boston
  • Lexile Level
    600 AD
  • AR Level
    5.4
  • Dewey
    976.335
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date
    1/5/2016
  • Pages
    40
  • Dimensions
    0.6 H × 11.0 L × 8.8 W
  • Case Qty
    20

Customers who bought this product also bought