The door to a hidden history is opened upon entering Le Musée de f.p.c. The house museum examines and interprets the first New Orleans and American history through the lives of free people of color as reflected in its collection of art and material culture.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of Le Musée and its holdings is that it is largely the result of one family’s efforts of nearly 40 years to collect art and artifacts that honored and celebrated the legacy of free people of African descent.
The items below highlight just a few examples of the varied and unique holdings at Le Musée de f.p.c.
Dutreuil Barjon Furniture
Born in Jeremie, Haiti at the turn of the nineteenth-century, Dutreiul Barjon came to New Orleans with his mother in 1813 and apprenticed with cabinetmaker Jean Rousseau (active 1810-1837). The Barjon shop advertised in the 1834 Michel’s City Directory offering, “to the public a large assortment of furniture made in this city, and in the newest and most fashionable sty le.” Two years after Barjon established his own firm at 245 Royal Street, Dutreuil Barjon, Jr. was born in 1823. The younger Barjon was listed as a cabinet-maker in the city directories of late 1840’s when he managed his father’s shop. The elder Barjon retired to Paris in 1856, leaving the operation on the firm to his son.