Finding Our Roots African American Museum receives slave records – News – Daily Comet

The historical documents Houma-Thibodaux Bishop Shelton Fabre presented to the Finding Our Roots African American Museum today were much more than just a list of names.

Each of those names represented a slave who was baptized into the Catholic Church and who helped shape the culture of south Louisiana itself, Fabre said.

“These are records of slaves who were baptized,” the bishop said. “They can be tremendously helpful in genealogy and research. They’re spiritual records, but they are also historical documents.”

During a ceremony, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux presented the museum’s founders with more than 3,000 baptismal records providing information on slaves, dates and owners from 1820-1895. It marks the largest donation of historical documents to the Houma museum,…

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