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Le Page du Pratz, Antoine Simon

An engineer by training, Antoine Simon Le Page du Pratz published a richly illustrated, three-volume, 1,300 page observation of life in early Louisiana, “Historie de La Louisiane.” Read »

Lead Belly

Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter is one of the most important grassroots musicians of the twentieth century. Read »

LeBeau Plantation

The LeBeau House plantation occupies one of the narrow lots typical of The Island, the area between the Mississippi and False rivers. Read »

Leche, Richard W.

In 1936 Richard Leche won the battle to succeed Huey P. Long as governor of Louisiana and leader of the Long faction. Read »

Ledbetter, Huddie

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Ledet, Michael

Largely self-taught artist Michael Ledet uses bright acrylics on large canvases to juxtapose seemingly random figures and forms in composing works unorthodox in both perspective and scale. Read »

Lee, Leonard

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Lee, Russell

Nationally acclaimed photographer Russell Lee produced series of photographs on Louisiana life, including scenes of rural communities and New Orleans, for the Great Depression-era Farm Security Administration (FSA) project. Read »

Legalized Gambling

Legalized gambling has played an important cultural, political, and economic role in Louisiana’s history from the colonial era to the present. Read »

LeJeune, Iry

At a time when popular Cajun music leaned heavily toward western swing bands featuring the fiddle, Iry LeJeune is credited with reintoducing the traditional Cajun accordian. Read »

Leonard, Elmore, Jr.

Louisiana author Elmore Leonard, Jr. writes crime fiction and westerns. Read »

Leonard, Herman

Herman Leonard is considered to by many to be the most significant photographer of jazz musicians in the post-World War II era. Read »

Lépinay, Jean-Michel de

Jean-Michel de Lépinay served as the fifth governor of Louisiana from 1717 to 1718. Read »

Levine, Kevin

Captain Kevin Levine, a Mississippi River Branch Pilot, has made a second career as photographing the ships and maritime structures that are integral to his work environment. Read »

Lewis, George

George Lewis was a traditional jazz and brass band clarinet player, arranger, and bandleader from New Orleans. Read »

Lewis, Henry Clay

Henry Clay Lewis trained as a doctor in Louisiana and also contributed to the nineteenth-century literary genre of southwestern humor. Read »

Lewis, Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the founding fathers of rockabilly music. Read »

Lief, Dona

Painter Dona Lief was part of the regional school of artists known as “visionary imagists” that emerged from the Faubourg Marigny gallery of George Febres in the 1990s. Read »


Installed in the 1800s, Louisiana's lighthouses were not only among the state's most visually dynamic buildings, but also provided a vital service for commercial mariners. Read »

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is one of the best-known rappers from New Orleans, having reached the status of a global celebrity. Read »