New Orleans traditional jazz musician Kid Thomas Valentine was one of the founders of Preservation Hall. Read »
John Vanderlyn, the first American painter to study in Paris, exhibited his work in New Orleans in 1821 and 1828. Read »
Vaudechamp, Jean Joseph
In the 1830s, French painter Jean Joseph Vaudechamp regularly visited New Orleans during the winter months to paint portraits of the city's elite French Creoles. Read »
Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Pierre de Rigaud
Serving as French governor of Louisiana from 1743 until 1753, Pierre de Vaudreuil was popular with the upper-class colonists and French officials for his elegant manners. Read »
Viavant, George L.
George Viavant was widely acclaimed for his specialty in nature morte paintings, a style which boomed in popularity nationwide in the late nineteenth century. Read »
Vietnam War in Louisiana
The war in Vietnam polarized the people of Louisiana just as it polarized people across the country. Read »
Although relatively new to Louisiana, the Vietnamese people have become a substantial and visible part of the state's population. Read »
Vieux Carre Commission
Created in 1937 to preserve historic French Quarter buildings, the Vieux Carré Commission has survived legal, political, and economic challenges to become an internationally-recognized preservation agency.
Villere, Jacques Philippe
Jacques Villeré was the first native-born governor of Louisiana, serving from 1816 until 1820. Read »
Voudou, a synthesis of African religious and magical beliefs with Roman Catholicism, emerged in New Orleans in the 1700s and survives in active congregations today. Read »