What is Creole?
"Creole" is the non-Anglo culture and identity that flourished before Louisiana was sold to the United States in 1803.
In the 19th century, Creole identity was primarily defined by three things: native birth, the French language, and the Roman Catholic faith.
Historically, Creole identity transcended both race and a person's legal status as free or enslaved.
Today, "Creole" is recognized as a blend of cultural influences from the three groups that were present in colonial, pre-1803 Louisiana: Native American, Western European and West African.