Beginning in 1812, this fictional biography follows the life of Henriette Delille, a free woman of color who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family. This examination recounts her spiritual journey and struggle to break free from French Quarter society, despite her family’s protests. Instead, she chose to focus on the needs of the less fortunate, teaching such principles as chastity and obedience, until her death in 1862.
Today the Catholic Church is considering the Venerable Henriette Delille for sainthood, making her the first African American in North America to receive such an honor. Her story provides a glimpse of what life was like in the French Quarter during the nineteenth century and offers enlightenment on voodoo traditions and the plaçage system.
About the Authors
Elsie B. Martinez graduated from Newcomb College, where she wrote for the university newspaper, Hullabaloo.
In addition to authoring numerous books, she has contributed articles to the Times-Picayune.
Martinez is a Friend of the New Orleans Museum of Art and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Colette H. Stelly is the former foreign language department head of Isidore Newman School where she initiated the Advanced Placement French program. In addition to serving as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for Educational Testing Service, she was a past president of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and a member of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana. She resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About the Illustrator
Phyllis Reppel’s designs have received numerous awards. Children’s Hospital was awarded the Best of Show in Graphic Design for Sugarplum Ball invitation, which was designed by Reppel. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
By Elsie B. Martinez and Colette H. Stelly
Illustrated by Phyllis Reppel
JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / United States
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
200 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
16 illus. Glossary