Friday, July 29, 2016

167. April Hensley

167. This week we interview April Hensley.  April lives in Dubach, Louisiana, and writes both ficion and semi-autobiographical literature. She's written Walking in a Waking Dream (pen name Sara Browne), Surfacing Breaking Through (pen name April Hensley-Mccullar).
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 30 1812. William Charles Cole Claiborne becomes the 1st Governor of Louisiana.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On July 30, 1866 New Orleans descended into racial violence that, by the end of the day, would leave an estimated 38 individuals dead and dozens injured. Racial tensions flared after African Americans were denied the right to vote. The enactment of the so-called “Black Codes” infuriated Republicans determined to secure citizenship rights for all Americans, and they ultimately reconvened the Louisiana Constitutional Convention in hopes of seizing control of the state government.  Violence broke out there between armed white supremacists and African Americans marching in support of suffrage. Unarmed African Americans were attacked and murdered, and many law enforcement officials perpetrated the crimes.  An estimated 38 people died, all but a few of whom were African Americans. The city existed under martial law for several days. The riot—and others like it—shocked the country and convinced many Northerners that firm action was needed to control ex-Confederates. After Republicans gained control of Congress that fall, they quickly put Reconstruction policies into effect.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    August 4th, 2016 - August 6th, 2016
    Springhill Rodeo Arena
    N.E. 11th St. and Machen Drive,
    Springhill, LA 71075
    318-423-0928
    Website 
    65th Annual Springhill PRCA Rodeo, Louisiana's oldest rodeo, since 1951.This is rodeo at its finest!
    Rodeo Events:
    Bull Riding
    Team Roping
    Saddle Bronc Riding
    Calf Roping
    Steer Wrestling
    Bareback Riding
    Barrel Racing
  4. Postcard from New Orleans. Darleen the Taxi Driver in Algiers.
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