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Jean Baptiste Meullion papers

Identifier: LaRC-713

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the business papers of Jean Baptiste Meullion, a free man of color, who was a sugar and cotton planter in Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana. He corresponded with many merchants, including Toledano and Gaillard, Louallier Brothers, Miramond O'Duhigg Company, Follain Fux, and A. Vincent Rillieux. The collection includes a manumission of a slave, the inventory of Meullion's estate, including his slaves, as well as a circular asking planters to retain cotton until the Union blockade is lifted. There are bills of sale, receipts, price lists, correspondence, slave records, a summons, envelopes, a death notice, as well as estate and succession records.

This collection or portions of this collection have been digitized. See Additional Description below for more information. 


  • 1798-1889


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Baptiste Meullion (d. circa 1841) was a free man of color who was a sugar and cotton planter in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Among the merchants that he worked with were Toledano and Gaillard, Louallier Brothers, Miramond O'Duhigg Company, Follain Fux and A. Vincent Rillieux.


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection is made up of one box.

Existence and Location of Copies

Items in this collection can be accessed remotely by visiting the "Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past" digital collection at the Louisiana Digital Library.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 767878562

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1985 by WEM.

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Revision Statements

  • 2011: Finding aid information entered by LAC Group in Archon in 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US