New Orleans Public Library
African American Resource Center

The Tignon and Women of Color in Old New Orleans
July 16, 2005


The Tignon and Women of Color in Old New Orleans was the subject of a program sponsored by the African American Resource Center that took place on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at the New Orleans Public Library's Main location. Presented by Madame Barbara Trevigne, the lecture included information on why headcoverings or "tignons" were mandated for women of "pure or mixed African blood" during the administration of Don Estevan Miro (1785 - 1791), ways in which those headcoverings were manifested and examples of ladies dress styles during the period. An explanation of social conditions leading to the headcovering mandate, and examples of other headcoverings relating to the tignon to be found on other ladies of the period were also discussed . The program concluded with a short question and answer period followed by demonstrations on audience members of tignon tying by Mme. Trevigne, Eugenia Foster-Adams and Karen Livers.


Madame Barbara Trevigne begins her lecture with an explanation of social conditions during the governorship of Don Estevan Miro (1785-1791) who mandated headcoverings for the city's women of color.


A copy of Miro's original edicts of "good conduct" is translated by Mme. Trevigne.


Mme. Trevigne's display of the meanings of various headdresses in Martinique.


Madame Trevigne demonstrates her tignon technique on audience member Dr. Naydja Bynum.


Madame Barbara Trevigne poses with audience member Dr. Naydja Bynum after tying Dr. Bynum's tignon.


Madame Barbara Trevigne poses with members of the audience in their tignons.


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