Grant to Preserve Mardi Gras Films from Robert S. and Lillie Mae Green Collection

Amistad Research Center

The Amistad Research Center is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Basic Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.  This grant will assure the preservation of two 8mm films from the Robert S. and Lillie Mae Green collection depicting African American Carnival Balls from 1955 and 1956.

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Robert Green was a photographer in New Orleans, and the film collection is comprised of his home movies depicting African American life in the city from the 1950s-1970s.  They are among some of the most requested audiovisual items in our collections, and have until now been largely inaccessible to researchers.

The films selected for preservation record the rich tradition of Carnival costuming and performance integral to the fabric of New Orleans life. They show members of Mardi Gras clubs or “krewes” entering a decorated venue and displaying their themed costumes. In one instance, the theme is “Symphony Variations,” and…

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