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Sicilian Lynchings in New Orleans

After the murder of New Orleans police chief David Hennessey in 1890, political conflict between reformers and ward bosses resulted in mob violence and lynching, and eleven Sicilians were killed. Read »

Siege of Port Hudson

The capture of Port Hudson in Louisiana gave Union forces control of the Mississippi River and was a significant turning point in the Civil War. Read »

Simpson, Oramel

Former Louisiana senator Oramel Simpson became the state's governor following the death of Henry Fuqua in 1926. Read »

Sims, Julia

Julia Sims is a nature photographer best known for her work in Manchac Swamp between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Read »

Sindler, Mark

Photographer Mark Sindler spend several years documenting Vietnamese and Laotian communities along the Gulf Coast in his “Vietnamese Documentary Project.” Read »

Singleton, Herbert

Self-taught artist Herbert Singleton created dramatic scenes of the rough New Orleans environment into which he was born, using found objects such as salvaged doors, driftwood, and discarded furniture. Read »

Slaughterhouse Case

The US Supreme Court ruling in the Slaughterhouse Case was the first interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment by the high court and resulted in diminished civil rights protection for citizens. Read »

Slave Insurrection of 1811

The revolt in 1811 of slaves from Louisiana sugar plantations was the largest slave insurrection in American history. Read »

Slave Insurrections in Louisiana

Slavery existed in Louisiana from its earliest origins as a French colony through the Confederacy's defeat in the Civil War. Slave insurrections, however, were unusual events. Read »

Slavery in French Colonial Louisiana

As early as 1699, when Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville first began to develop the French colony of Louisiana, he petitioned the king to allow a slaving expedition to the west coast of Africa to procure captive laborers. Read »

Slavery in Spanish Colonial Louisiana

During Louisiana's Spanish colonial period, the number of enslaved Africans and the number of free people of color increased greatly. Read »

Slidell, Thomas

Thomas Slidell served as chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1853 to 1855. Read »

Slim Harpo

Baton Rouge guitarist, singer, and harmonica player James “Slim Harpo” Moore, one of the last traditional blues musicians to achieve pop success, was an important influence on many 1960s rock bands. Read »

Slonem, Hunt

Though based in New York, artist Hunt Slonem's deep ties to Louisiana are reflected in his many museum and gallery exhibitions in the state as well as his efforts to preserve the historic houses he owns here. Read »

Smith, Howard K.

Louisinanan Howard K. Smith was one of America’s best-known broadcast news commentators from the 1940s through the 1970s. Read »

Smith, Marshall Joseph, Jr.

Marshall Joseph Smith, Jr., a landscape and genre painter, is also credited as the founder the carnival organization Proteus, for which he designed parades and tableaux. Read »

Smith, Melissa

Melissa Smith, known for her extended panoramic landscapes of south Louisiana and coastal Mississippi, completes all her paintings on site. Read »

Smith, Michael P.

The subjects of New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith's works include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, individual musicians, brass bands, jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure club parades, and spiritual churches. Read »

Snaër, François-Michel Samuel

Samuel Snaer was a respected composer and musician in nineteenth century New Orleans. Read »

Snellings, Marie Louise

Marie Louise Wilcox Snellings, one of the first women to earn a law degree from Tulane University, became a successful politician in northeastern Louisiana. Read »