The social activism of sisters Oretha Castle Haley and Doris Jean Castle began when they were still young women. They came from a working class family. Born in Tennessee, the young sisters moved to New Orleans with their parents and brother around 1947. The girls’ father, John Castle, took a job as a longshoreman, and their mother, Virgie Castle, found employment as a bartender and waitress at Dooky Chase restaurant, which operated as a hub for civil rights activism in New Or
Although our collections richly chronicle the ethnic experience throughout America, visitors to Amistad often assume, because of our location in New Orleans, that our holdings only document the history of African Americans within the city. However, one of the strongest collections at Amistad regarding the Civil Rights Movement deals with our host city.
The Kim Lacy Rogers collection came to Amistad in installments, beginning in 1979, and is one of the first multimedia col