Freddi Williams Evans

Author • Independent Scholar • Arts Educator

Freddi Williams Evans is an author and arts educator.

Come Sunday:
A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square


Written by: Freddi Williams Evans
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2017 

Come Sunday provides an engaging account of Congo Square and the African presence in New Orleans through culturally relevant content paired with over 130 images and primary documents. These sources provide close-up views of life during the time of the Antebellum Sunday gatherings in Congo Square.  Readers are able to analyze, compare, think critically, and discuss content, which develops a deeper understanding of history and how it impacts the world today.

Book Awards & Recognitions

  • Bronze Medal Winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2018

  • Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Award, 2018

  • Nominee, 2017 Humanities Book of the Year, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Praise for Come Sunday: a Young Reader’s History of Congo Square

I find the connections between Congo Square and current New Orleans traditions in music, dance, business, etc. fascinating. This book is a most read for ALL New Orleans’ students as it will deepen their understanding of New Orleans, the richness of New Orleans culture and the traditions that make New Orleans the great city it is today.
— Ryan P. Ruyle, Middle Grade Director, Morris Jeff Community School
The book cited much factual information in a manner that students could digest. Come Sunday is an excellent source of true history that students can relate to. Impressive! It would be a great book for high school students as well.
— Romero J. Stewart, History Teacher, McDonogh 35 Senior High School
The book is salient and promotes evocative feelings regarding the significance of Congo Square to the history of America. It is an easy read that allows young readers to understand the vitality of Congo Square, with brief historical content of its beginnings and impact on American history.
— Juaquana C. Lewis, Turnaround Specialist, McDonogh 35 Senior High School
Come Sunday should serve as a mandated cultural reference manual for middle and high school students in New Orleans so they may better understand why the world has been intrigued and influenced by New Orleans culture.
— Warren Jones, II, Jefferson Parish Schools & Historical Research Specialist