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Henriette DeLille

 D. Lammie-Hanson

New Orleans, La

This mural commemorates the life and works of Henriette Diaz DeLille. 


The Venerable Mother Henriette Diaz DeLille was a Creole woman born in New Orleans in 1813. As a free woman of color she was set on a path to find a wealthy white suitor to support her, under the French “Placage” system of common law marriage. Taking issue with having so little agency in the outcome of her life, DeLille began teaching at age 14. She became head of a congregation called Sisters of the Holy Family, in New Orleans, 1842- and worked tirelessly til her death in 1862 educating the poor and disenfranchised of the city.