- The French Black Code required slave owners to
baptize and educate their slaves in the Catholic faith.
- At the baptism of a slave baby, godparents, who
were usually French, were chosen to oversee the child's religious
instruction. Often a baby would be named after a Catholic
- Little is known about the practice of African
religions in French Illinois, since the slaves would have needed to
hide such beliefs. In Africa, these people would have believed in
ancestor worship and the significance of dance, drumming, and
shouting during worship. Many of these practices were adapted to
fit Christianity and the slave experience.
How do they compare? Native
Americans | French Settlers | African Slaves
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