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[Bill of Sale of a Slave Named Adam (or Tircis), December 15, 1859]

Description: Bill of sale witnessed by notary Selim Wagner, containing details of the sale of a slave named Adam or Tircis. Adam was sold for $1,225 by auctioneer for the estate of the deceased Pierre Riviere of New Orleans as directed by his executor, Nicolas Tourne. The buyer was Lucretia Van Woert of Sabine Pass, Texas, though her husband, Theodore Gripon, accepted on her behalf.
Date: December 15, 1859
Creator: New Orleans (La.)
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph of Franklin Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of Franklin Elementary School in Port Arthur, Texas. Standing by a street and sidewalk and surrounded by a chain link and barbed wire fence, the school is two stories tall. A sign bearing the school's name and information can be seen near the main entrance.
Date: December 1996
Creator: Everett, James
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph of Chuck Foster's Orchestra at the Pleasure Pier]

Description: Photograph of Chuck Foster and his orchestra performing at the Port Arthur, Texas, Pleasure Pier. Five men with saxophones are standing at podiums in the foreground, with a man and woman in evening wear sitting on the right. Behind the front row to the left are two men sitting at a piano, and other musicians to the right are obscured by the standing men. A banner printed with "Chuck Foster" and "Merry Christmas" are hung above an image of Santa Claus' head, all of which hangs over the band. Plants and wreaths are festooned across the wall in the background. On the lower portion of the photo, Chuck Foster has autographed the picture with "To Jean with love."
Date: December 18, 1947
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Port Arthur High School Band Drum Corps]

Description: Photograph of Port Arthur High School "Red Hussars" drum corps in parade. The girls are wearing skirted uniforms with parade boots. Crowd lines both sides of the street with some people viewing out the window from the upper story of a building. Some spectators are viewing the parade from the back of a pickup truck on the side street with parked cars.
Date: December 1947
Creator: Everett, James
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Photograph Featuring Janis Joplin at Tyrell Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of the Tyrell Elementary School' 1952 Christmas Program. Children are arranged onstage in a raked pyramid in front of a curtain. Each child is wearing a white top and holding a microphone. The girl sitting to the far right of the bottom row is Janis Joplin. An adult woman is sitting before the stage in a wooden chair, and other people can be seen sitting behind her.
Date: December 1952
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast