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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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The Spiritual Rubicon

The Spiritual Rubicon

(p.137) Chapter 9 The Spiritual Rubicon
Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Melissa Daggett

University Press of Mississippi

The final chapter follows Henry Rey in his later years as he continued his long-time association with G. Pitard’s Hardware Store on Canal Street. Rey reflects on his lifetime accomplishments and changes in the urban landscape. The 1890s witnessed the arrival of de jure segregation, and Rey’s involvement in the Citizens’ Committee which pushed forward legal challenges to Jim Crow legislation is probed. Rey, now in his sixties, applied for an Invalid Pension based upon his service in the Union Army. The chapter describes the daunting paperwork involved. Rey’s belief in Spiritualism is examined, and a final séance in 1890 is described. Henry Louis Rey crossed the Spiritual Rubicon on April 19, 1894. The onslaught of Jim Crow legislations pushed many black Creoles to change their race designations, and many migrated to cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City to escape the onerous social and political climates.

Keywords:   Pitard, Citizens’ Committee, Jim Crow, pension, Union Army

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