52. We interview children's writer Donna Jo Napoli, author of Alligator Bayou. Her book covers a grim period in Louisiana history: the lynching of five Italians in Tallulah in 1899. The men had moved there after a mass lynching of Italians in New Orleans in 1891. Donna writes from the perspective of a fourteen year-old boy named Calogero, nephew to the murdered men. While it is addressed to a young audience, adults will find it interesting also.
- This week in Louisiana history. May 18, 1896. LA. case of Plessy v. Ferguson, "seperate but equal" [more info]The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the idea of "separate-but-equal" public facilities for blacks in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. The case grew out of a disagreement that occurred in Louisiana when a black railroad passenger named Homer Plessy refused to move out of a whites-only car. Plessy was arrested and challenged the state law allowing separate railroad cars for whites and blacks. A Louisiana judge ruled against him, and Plessy appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which also ruled against him.
- This week in Louisiana. May 24, 2014. 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Cannon Firing and Encampment.
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Mansfield, LA 71052
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Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield - 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Cannon Firing and Encampment, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The 4th Louisiana Artillery reenactment group will host a cannon-firing program and living history encampment on the park. Come see how the big guns were fired! Cannon firing demonstrations, camp tours, soldier-life talks and much more will be featured at this exciting event. Start your summer off with a bang!
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