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Despujols, Jean

Settling in Shreveport after World War II, French artist Jean Despujols is best known for his paintings of Indochina and World War I. Read »

Destrehan Plantation

Established in 1787, Destrehan Plantation is the oldest documented plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Read »

Destrehan, Jean Noel

As one of the most prominent Mississippi River plantation owners of colonial Louisiana, Jean Noël Destrehan built a prosperous farming operation around the stately River Road manor that still bears his family name. Read »

Detective Fiction

For all the rich and varied literature that has come out of Louisiana, mystery and detective fiction has, for the most part, been a recent addition to the state’s literary canon. Read »

Develle, Louis

Louis Develle, a French artist active in New Orleans, was best known for his set designs at the Orleans Theatre. Read »

Dew Drop Inn

From the mid-1940s through the 1960s, the Dew Drop Inn was the place where prominent African American entertainers could find work and respectable overnight lodging. Read »

Dickey, Bill

Baseball great William Malcolm “Bill” Dickey, a native of Bastrop, was a Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees. Read »

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band began in 1977 as the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club by blending the music and culture of traditional New Orleans brass bands with social and pleasure club second lines. Read »

Dix, Dorothy

Dorothy Dix, the pseudonym of Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, a writer and immensely popular advice columnist in the early twentieth century. Read »

Dixon, John A., Jr.

John A. Dixon, Jr. served as the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1980 to 1990. Read »

Docusen, Bernard

Bernard Docusen started boxing at the age of 12 and won the National Amateur Athletic Union bantamweight title in 1942 at the age of 14. Read »

Dodd, Bill

Lieutenant governor Bill Dodd was a pivotal figure in the "Tidelands Dispute," the war of wills between state and federal authorities over offshore drilling revenue. Read »

Dodds, Warren "Baby"

Baby Dodds has become among the most respected and influential representatives of early jazz drumming from New Orleans Read »

Dogtrot Houses

Dogtrot houses, like those found in North Louisiana, are composed of two enclosed buildings separated by a passage that is open at the front and back—the so-called dogtrot. Read »

Domino, Antoine

SEE Fats Domino

Domino, Fats

New Orleans pianist and singer Antoine “Fats” Domino (born February 26, 1928) is revered as a founding father of rock 'n' roll, along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Read »

Dormon, Caroline

Caroline Dormon made monumental contributions to the conservation of Louisiana’s natural and cultural resources. A passion for native plants and old-growth forests, coupled with a strong feeling of kinship with Native Americans, shaped Dormon’s life and work. Read »

Dorsey, Lee

Vocalist Lee Dorsey recorded some of the biggest rhythm and blues hits of the 1960s. Read »

Double Dealer

A New Orleans-based literary journal, The Double Dealer was published over a period of five and a half years, between January 1921 and May 1926. Read »

Doucet, Michael avec BeauSoleil

SEE BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet