Congo Square, Treme Market Cuff Bracelet

Congo Square, Treme Market Cuff Bracelet


Congo Square, Orleans Avenue and Treme Market Cuff is an etched bracelet from an 1800's historical map.  The opposite side of the cuff features the Treme Market, which is no longer standing.

  • Material - Copper with patina
  • Dimensions - 1.25 x 6 inches inches (adjustable)

A little background - In Louisiana's French and Spanish colonial era of the 18th century, slaves were commonly allowed Sundays off from their work. They were allowed to gather in the "Place des Nègres", "Place Publique", later "Circus Square" or informally "Place Congo" at the "back of town" (across Rampart Street from the French Quarter), where the slaves would set up a market, sing, dance, and play music.

The tradition continued after the city became part of the US with the Louisiana Purchase.

As African music had been suppressed in the Protestant colonies and states, the weekly gatherings at Congo Square became a famous site for visitors from elsewhere in the U.S.

Because of the immigration of refugees (some bringing slaves) from the Haitian Revolution, New Orleans received thousands of additional Africans and Creoles in the early years of the 19th century.

They reinforced African traditions in the city, in music as in other areas. Many visitors were amazed at the African-style dancing and music. Observers heard the beat of the bamboulas and wail of the banzas, and saw the multitude of African dances that had survived through the years.


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