“Le Code Noir ”
Louisiana’s first Historical Outdoor Drama, written by Tommye Myrick and Director Emeritus of the United States Institute of Outdoor Drama, Mark R. Sumner. The title “Le Code Noir, comes from the French King Louis XIV’s edict of 1685, which became the law of the land in Louisiana’s Antebellum South whereby Louisiana’s enslaved Africans were allowed to gather in an area away from the Mississippi River called “Place ‘de Negres. On a weekly basis, both free people of color and enslaved would assemble in this open space. Today, known as Congo Square. The provision was permitted as part of a law called “Code Noir”, meaning, The Black Code. “Le Code Noir” chronicles the life of a 18 year old enslaved African girl named, Santee.