African Descendants in New Orleans: A Visual History
Arthur Bedou, Duke Ellington and guests at Autocrat Club (with A.P. Tureaud, second row, standing, third from left), New Orleans, 1935, Joseph A. Hardin Collection, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA
The Autocrat Club has maintained a distinguished history of civic engagement as part of New Orleans's 7th Ward and Creole of color communities. Initially founded in 1909, it was later re-established in 1914. Bedou's photograph captures a Friday, July 19, 1935 visit to the Autocrat on St. Bernard Avenue by Ellington and members of his orchestra. Autocrat club members, led by master of ceremonies Dr. Joseph A. Hardin, presented a brief program with musical entertainment, by local musicians, to the visitors. A. P. Tureaud may be seen standing third from left, in the second row.