I'm adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Part of my research is on peonage and involuntary servitude, including young children who were placed in reformatory schools and orphanages, and how they were made to work hard with very long hours, and spent very little time in school.
I'm writing to you, because while I was doing a search for Female Orphan Asylum in New Orleans (in particular, St. Elizabeth's Orphanage) I came across your post (below).
I noticed in your post you mentioned that your maternal grandmother live there at St. Elizabeth's for 8 years (between 1915 and 1923), and had horrible memories of the place during the time she was there.
A good friend and I are trying to help this lady who said she too, lived at St. Elizabeth's in 1979 (from the time she was 10-years old), and says she has some horrible memories of the place during her time there, too. She is trying to locate others who may have been there either before and/or after she was, and who can confirm some of the things that she witnessed.
Did your maternal grandmother happen to mention some of the horrible memories she recalled while she was staying at St. Elizabeth's? Is there anyone else in your family that she may have spoke to about her stay there (if she didn't go into detail with you)?
I would very much appreciate any information you might be able to provide on some of the things that your grandmother shared about what she or others endured while living at St. Elizabeth's, because it may help the lady who lived there and is trying to locate others who also lived there and can help confirm some of things she has related to us.
If there are others on this list who have living relatives who were at St. Elizabeth's Orphanage, I'd like to hear from you as well.
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