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Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New OrleansThe Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey$
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Melissa Daggett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810083

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810083.001.0001

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Father and Son

Father and Son

(p.8) Chapter 1 Father and Son
Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Melissa Daggett

University Press of Mississippi

The chapter focuses on the life and accomplishments of Henry Rey’s father, Barthélemy Rey. The chapter opens with the marriage of the elder Rey and Rose Agnès Sacriste, and then discusses his career as a tailor and later as a successful real estate broker in the booming markets of New Orleans, especially Faubourgs Tremé and Marigny. This history of Tremé is highlighted, and its important landmarks are discussed such as Tremé Market, Congo Square, the Orleans Parish Prison, and the Carondelet Canal. Barthélemy Rey’s pivotal role in establishing the Couvent School (Catholic Institute) is clarified, and the chapter ends with the death of Barthélemy Rey and the continuation of his work by his eldest son, Henry. The chapter also probes into the perplexing question of slave ownership by free people of color.

Keywords:   Sacriste, Tremé, Marigny, Congo Square, Couvent

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