Brooch with miniature photographic portraits of Pleasant Reed and Georgia Reed, believed to date from the time of their wedding in 1884 Collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

My House:  The Pleasant Reed Story
Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center

The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center is a reconstruction of the original house built by Pleasant Reed in the late 19th century that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  A visit to the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center provides a rare opportunity to see how an African American born into slavery persevered in spite of daunting circumstances.  Pleasant Reed was not the only individual born a slave who later built his family a house with funds earned in the post-Civil War economy; but his home is one of the few that that can be identified with a particular African American builder and homeowner. Authentic items that were used by the Reed family in the late 19th and early 20th century are also on display.

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