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Fleur-de-lis Painting - Branded With Fleur De Lis A Symbolic Link To Slavery - The Code Noir Or The Black Code  by Nicole Jean-Louis

Branded With Fleur De Lis A Symbolic Link To Slavery - The Code Noir Or The Black Code is a painting by Nicole Jean-Louis which was uploaded on March 28th, 2014.

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Barbara Jewell

This painting and the story it tells are heart-wrenching. I will never again see a fleur-de-lis without thinking of your description of its cruel use in the brutal history of slavery. I agree that this subject in all its terrible detail needs to a part of everyone's education to help ensure its eradication all over the world in whatever form it is practiced. Slavery is the worst sin ever committed in this country and anywhere else it has or continues to exist. Thank you Nicole, for pouring your heart, soul, and intellect into this wonderful piece and its description. L/F

Heather King

Incredible and very POWERFUL work Nicole ♥ breaks my heart...but that is what a true artist does, they make us FEEL ♥ f/l

Diana Coatu


Thank you so much Diana!

Renee Chastant

Very evocative. Nice work!

Thank you very much Renee!

Debra Lynch

Oh this made me so sad, but I totally get it, cruelty in the world is something that can not and should not be tolerated. I won't say to much because I have a sassy mouth that gets me in trouble, but let's just say I don't approve of anyone, anywhere at anytime being mistreated or enslaved. The Lord didn't intend for us to treat one another in that fashion. OH wow, hush my mouth! But Your work speaks volumes and my heart is with you! Bless you!

Hi Debra! There is nothing wrong in denouncing cruelty. We can not be indifferent to suffering, or take pleasure inflicting it. I appreciate your compassionate and approving comment, and thank you for the blessing.

Miroslava Jurcik

Outstanding work !!! And subject we need to talk about and eliminate ! Slavery is still alive today !! 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership. Walk Free investigated 162 countries and found slaves in every single one. But the practice is far worse in some countries than others. The country where you are most likely to be enslaved is Mauritania. Although this vast West African nation has tried three times to outlaw slavery within its borders, it remains so common that it is nearly normal. The report estimates that four percent of Mauritania is enslaved one out of every 25 people. Here is a link if you would like to read more !! https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/06/the-country-where-slavery-is-still-normal/241148/ l/f

Thank you so much, Miroslava, for your very informative and compassionate comment. I appreciate your visit to my site!

Sarah Vernon

Fabulous! L/F

Thank you so much Sarah!

Nicole Jean-Louis

A very special thanks to my buyer from Rochester Hills, Mi., who purchased a glossy greeting card of my artwork, "Branded With Fleur de Lis". I greatly appreciate your visit to my site. Happy Holiday! Nicole Jean-Louis

Jason Moore

Outstanding work! I wrote a poem once I learned about the history of the Fleur-de-lis visiting the Whitney Slave Muesum in 2015: Walking around the French Quarter in a daze, Crowds in bars watched the Saints game being played, While rich negros were bought and sold via online fantasy trades, An echo of slave days when massa used Fleur-de-lis' to mark the hides of his & her slaves, Few know this logo's significance and story, The Redskins ain't the only team that's derogatory, For hundreds of years Black Americans slaved and sharecropped sugar cane, Yet even after freedom, we gang bang and slang cane, Worked for the white, made the white (sugar/crack), that caused our plight like diabetes and addiction, Mental, spiritual, emotional and physical diseases plague us, but the "quiet majority" just think its fiction, These long term effects still curse us like a voodoo hex, Plantations were replaced by the industrial prison complex, Our future should be a destiny manifest, Being survivors from a long line of survivors was the ultimate test, Against all odds, given nothing, we built America... Yes... But they keep us uneducated and depressed, Frustrated and in debt, Doped up and locked down because they're afraid of what's next. Jason Moore

You are right Jason: this "logo of fleur de lis significance and story" is unknown to many. You have written a very deep, insightful poem. Congratulations Jason! I appreciate your input.

Sandra Gallegos

such a sad time in humanity , this is moving f/l

Yes, Sandra. Thank you for comment and compassion.

Nancy Griswold

Your work is excellent and here tells such a tragic tale and the shame of all mankind

Yes Nancy... Thank you so much!


Outstanding work, Nicole ! f,l

Thank you very much Ana Maria!

VIVA Anderson

Bravo, Nicole.........your wonderful art also opens our eyes to terrible truth......fv......VIVA

Wow! Thank you so much Viva!

Melly Terpening

This is stunning artwork, Nicole. I learn historic from your description. Love this painting. FL

Thank you so much Melly!

Michel Verhoef

Awww...heartbreakin....a statement !

Yes Michel! Thank you so much!

Marcia Lee Jones

Love that your painting history!

Thank you so much Marcia!

Anna Serebryanik

Awesome work!

Thank you so much Anna!

Carlin Blahnik

Thank you for the historic description of this scene. Your art captures and tells the sad story well.

Thank you so much Carlin for your positive comment!

Adrienne Christian

Makes me weep. :(

Sorry Adrienne... Yes, Atrocious reality!

Lee Piper

Very artistic and profound work!!!

Thank you so much Lee!


Excellent Work Nicole!! l/f

Thank you Brian!

Lenore Senior

Another vote. I love your work!!

Thank you Lenore!

Veikko Suikkanen

Great painting Nicole! L

Thank you Veikko!

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