Freddi Williams Evans

Author • Independent Scholar • Arts Educator

Freddi Williams Evans is an author and arts educator.

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Jordan B. Noble, known as “Old Jordan,” served in four American wars.  As Andrew Jackson’s drummer, fourteen-year-old Noble summoned the troops to action during the Battle of New Orleans.  Many years later, he became a fixture in New Orleans parades, beating his worn drum and leading other veterans of color through the streets.  In this book, a young boy follows Jordan on the parade route and listens to Jordan tell of his important role drumming through the din of fire.

Told in rhyming couplets, this book reads the way a parade feels and sounds, with the steady beat of the drum moving the story along.  


“New Orleans writer Freddi Evans, author of the award-winning A Bus of Our Own, has once again succeeded in offering a different point of view on a well-known historical period.”                                   New Orleans Times Picayune