African Descendants in New Orleans: A Visual History
Arthur P. Bedou, Band of Postulants on Circular Stairway, 717 Orleans Street, 1945. Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans
Arthur P. Bedou (1882-1966), a native of New Orleans, was the formal portrait photographer for the Sisters of the Holy Family (SSF), the second oldest Catholic religious order for women of color in the United States. The SSF was established in New Orleans in 1842, and Bedou documented many of the institutions founded by the order, including St. Mary's Academy, Lafon Catholic Nursing Home and countless other missions.