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Boisseau, Alfred L.

Alfred Boisseau lived and painted in New Orleans from 1845 to 1849 and was one of the earliest known artists to open a studio in the city. Read »

Bolden, Buddy

Cornetist Buddy Bolden was the first documented player of New Orleans jazz. Read »

Bolden, Charles

SEE Buddy Bolden

Bonin, Melissa

Lafayette painter Melissa Bonin paints landscapes, she says, “that permit me to sit on the edge of abstraction and reality.” The painter's interest in abstraction began with her studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Read »

Bonnie and Clyde, Capture of

On May 23, 1934, fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were captured by law enforcement officers in Bienville Parish. Read »

Bontemps, Arna Wendell

Arna Wendell Bontemps, a distinguished contributor to the writings of the Harlem Renaissance, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. Read »

Book, Michael

Photographer Michael Book's work ranges in character from observations of the details in everyday life to sweeping landscapes. Read »

Booker, James

James Carroll Booker III was a distinctive New Orleans pianist who mixed gospel, boogie-woogie, blues, traditional and modern jazz, and classical music into a unique and breathtaking sound. Read »

Boqueta de Woiseri, John L.

An itinerant artist, John L. Boqueta de Woiseri announced his arrival in New Orleans on May 28, 1803. Read »

Borel, Calvin

Louisiana's Calvin Borel is the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times in a four-year span. Read »

Bourbon Louisiana

For two decades, from 1879 to 1898, the policies and ambitions of Bourbon Democrats dominated Louisiana’s political and social life. Read »

Bourgeois, Douglas

Douglas Bourgeois is a Louisiana painter, collage artist, and sculptor known for his intimately scaled, highly detailed, and meticulously crafted works. Read »

Bourque, Darrell

Dr. Darrell Bourque was appointed poet laureate of Louisiana by Governor Kathleen Blanco in 2007. Read »


Bousillage, a mixture of clay and straw or Spanish moss used for insulation, is a distinguishing feature of Louisiana’s architectural past. Read »

Bowie, James

SEE Jim Bowie

Bowie, Jim

Although Jim Bowie is known for his role in the Battle of the Alamo, he was raised in Louisiana, where he engaged in land schemes and slave smuggling. Read »

Bradford, Roark

Roark Bradford was a writer and editor for The Times-Picayune and the author of numerous articles, stories, and books in the 1920s and 30s. Read »

Bradshaw, Terry

Louisiana's Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s. Read »

Brammer, Robert

Itinerant landscape painter Robert Brammer opened a portrait studio in New Orleans in 1842. Read »

Brantley, Robert S.

Robert S. Brantley's photography is informed by a study of architectural history and a background in journalism. Read »