Powerhouses of Knowledge: Celebrating the Legacies of Ronald W. Lewis and Sylvester Francis

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

The Historic New Orleans Collection will be celebrating the lives and legacies of two cultural icons on Wednesday, April 7 at 7pm CT. This is a virtual event on Zoom. Register to attend at this link.

"Sylvester Francis was a photographer, videographer, author, historian, and founder of the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Ronald W. Lewis, founder of the House of Dance and Feathers museum and the Original Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club, was an author, historian, collector, and curator. Both men worked tirelessly to preserve the history and culture of social aid and pleasure clubs and Mardi Gras Indians (also known as Black Masking Indians), and THNOC’s current exhibition Dancing in the Streets is dedicated in their memory. On April 7, friends and family of Lewis and Francis will gather to discuss their lives and the enormous impact each had on preserving our city’s history and culture."

This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Historic New Orleans Collection curator Eric Seiferth talks to Action Jackson about what's featured in the HNOC's current exhibition "Dancing In the Streets," some of the notable suits on display, how the exhibit utilizes pictures, video and audio, and more! Hear it all in the player below.

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