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Re: “Who was Charles Roudanez?

I believe the person you guys are speaking of is DR. LOUIS CHARLES ROUDANÉZ,Gens de Couleur Libre (Free Person of Color), of Saint Domingue (Haitian) descent born June 12,1826 (not 1823) in St. James Parish. He studied medicine in France. He obtained two medical degrees. His 1st degree was from Faculté de Médecine de Paris and his 2nd from Dartsmouth College.

He founded two newspapers: The L'UNION (1862-1864) and the LA TRIBUNE de la NOUVELLE ORLEANS (1864-1868). The L'UNION was the first(Black)Creole owned newspaper in the State of Louisiana. The newspaper was dedicated to ending slavery and the oppression of black people. The L'UNION did not fail, it stopped publications in 1864 because of threats. Recognizing the importance to continue the fight for civil rights; came the birth of LA TRIBUNE de la NOUVELLE ORLEANS, it was the 1st Bi-Lingual (French and English) daily Black (Creole)newspaper in the United States of America.

DR. and MRS. ROUDANÉZ were also philantropists and very active in the Black Creole Community in New Orleans.

Posted by Herstory on 07/28/2010 at 9:27 AM

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