Freddi Williams Evans, project founder, author, independent scholar and arts educator, is internationally recognized for her scholarship on New Orleans’ Congo Square. Her book Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, the first comprehensive study of the location, received the 2012 Louisiana Humanities Book of the Year Award and is published in French. Her research and advocacy for the historic landmark influenced the New Orleans City Council Ordinance that changed the official name of the location from Beauregard Square, named after Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard in 1893, to the long-time popular name, Congo Square, in 2011. Along with numerous published essays and articles on the subject, she authored Come Sunday, A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square, which received the Independent Publisher Book Awards’ Bronze Medal in 2018 and was a finalist for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

Working in the community, Evans co-chaired the New Orleans Committee to Erect Historic Markers on the Slave Trade to Louisiana, helped to erect the UNESCO Site of Memory Middle Passage Marker on the Westbank of New Orleans, and served on the New Orleans Legacy Project Committee.

She holds degrees in music and psychology from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo MS and a graduate degree in creative arts therapy (music) from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, PA.   

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Laura Rosanne Adderly, Ph.D.
        Associate Professor
        of History,
        Tulane University

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D.
        Assistant, Professor of
        Technology and
        Women’s History

Joyce Jackson, Ph.D.
        Chair, Professor,
        Department of Geography
        & Anthropology, Louisiana
        State University

Zada Johnson, Ph.D.
        Associate Professor,
        Inner-City Studies
        Academic, Program
        Facilitator, Northeastern
        Illinois University

Kara T. Olidge, Ph.D.
        Former Executive Director,
        Amistad Research Center

Clyde Robertson, Ph.D.
        Director, Center for African
        and African American
        Studies, Southern
        University at New Orleans

Matt Sakakeeny, Ph.D.
        Associate Professor of
        Music, Ethnomusicology,
        Tulane University   

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        Poet, Author, Filmmaker,
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        Professor, English
        Department, University
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