Victor Séjour

Victor Séjour

Birth
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 20 Sep 1874 (aged 57)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Section 15
Memorial ID 46820034 · View Source
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Dramatist, poet, novelist. Born Juan Victor Séjour Marcou et Ferrand. Recipient of the French Legion of Honor. Considered the most distinguished African American writer of nineteenth-century Louisiana. Mostly unknown to later American writers. He was a free man of color from Louisiana who moved to Paris in 1836. He is credited with being the first African American to publish a work of fiction ("Le Mulâtre," 1837). He was a playwright, and enjoyed considerable success prior to suffering a reversal of fortune. Twenty of his plays were published in Paris, and still more were produced on the stage in Paris and New Orleans. He died a pauper, succumbing to tuberculosis.

Bio by: Curtis Jackson


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  • Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 17 Jan 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46820034
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Victor Séjour (2 Jun 1817–20 Sep 1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. 46820034, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .