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City of a Million DreamsNew Orleans at Year 300$
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Jason Berry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469647142

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647142.001.0001

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The Builder and the Priest

The Builder and the Priest

(p.115) 7 The Builder and the Priest
City of a Million Dreams

Jason Berry

University of North Carolina Press

Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe, an architect who had previously worked in Washington D.C. before running afoul of President Madison, arrived in New Orleans with his family in 1819 after his son Henry’s death. Latrobe was surprised by many things in the city, including the racial and cultural diversity, the dances in Congo Square, African funeral customs, and the cruel treatment of slaves. He documented much of what he saw in his journal and drawings. Latrobe died on September 3, 1820 from yellow fever, leaving behind a widow and an unfinished waterworks construction for the city. General Lafayette visited New Orleans in 1825 as part of his tour of America, and the city funded a lavish reception for him. Antonio Sedella’s indifference to church law throughout his long tenure led to more clashes with the Vatican, who tried and failed to oust him a second time in 1815. Sedella died on January 19, 1829, receiving a grand state funeral and leaving behind a lasting legacy. His death began the slow transition from a Church in solidarity with slaves to one attached to white supremacy and the cause of the Confederacy.

Keywords:   Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe, Henry Latrobe, Diversity, Congo Square, Antonio Sedella, General Lafayette, Vatican, funeral

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