- This exhibit explores the slave trade out of New Orleans and down the Mississippi River and the consequences of purchasing these people and breaking up their families. This is an exhibit open to the public.
"Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" is on loan to Central Library through the Historic New Orleans Collection in collaboration with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and is presented by Entergy, with additional support Find Your Park, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Kabacoff Family Foundation.
- This exhibit was located at the Central Library, 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles from January 18, 2018 through February 27, 2018.
- There was an opening reception of the exhibit "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" on January 18th. John Keeling, a professor of history from McNeese State opened the exhibit with a discussion on the slave trade in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. Refreshments and a self-guided tour of the exhibit followed.
- To complement this exhibit, we hosted various programs from January 23, 2018 through February 27, 2018.