Northwestern Louisiana

Albritton, Sarah

Sarah Albritton is a self-taught artist and restauranteur from Ruston. Read »

Allen, David

David Allen was a walking stick carver from Homer, Louisiana. His work often includes the heads of men, animals, and snakes combined with elements of popular culture. Read »

Antebellum Louisiana

The Antebellum period in Louisiana begins with statehood in 1812 and ends with Louisiana joining the Confederacy in 1860. Read »

Barmore, Leon

Before his retirement in 2002, basketball coach Leon Barmore led the Lady Techsters from Louisiana Tech University to nine Final Four appearances. Read »

Blue, Vida

Louisiana pitcher Vida Blue became an award-winning baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. Read »

Blues Music

Of the 119 musicians inducted into the national Blues Hall of Fame, roughly twenty percent are from Louisiana. 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 »

Bradshaw, Terry

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

Brown, Willard

Louisiana-born Willard Brown was a power-hitting star in Negro League baseball before the integration of the major leagues in 1947. Read »

Burton, James

James Burton (born August 21, 1939) is one of the most highly respected and prolific guitarists in contemporary popular music. Read »

Camp Ruston

Camp Ruston was one of the largest prisoner of war camps in the United States during World War II. Read »

Chopin, Kate

Kate Chopin, one of Louisiana's best known authors, wrote fiction about late nineteenth-century Cajun life. Read »

Civil War Louisiana

The Civil War in Louisiana left the state politically divided and financially ruined. Read »

Classical Music in Louisiana

Louisiana has boasted a rich classical music traditional since early European exploration and settlement. Read »

Cliburn, Van

Pianist Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn, Jr. established the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which has become one of the best-known classical music contests in the United States. Read »

Code Noir of Louisiana

The 1724 Code Noir of Louisiana was a means to control the behaviors of Africans, Native Americans, and free people of color. Read »

Coincoin, Marie Therese

Marie Therese Coincoin was born into slavery in French Colonial Louisiana then gained her own freedom and the freedom of many of her children. Read »

Colfax Massacre

In 1873 white Louisianians responded to Reconstruction policies with violence, resulting in the Colfax Massacre. Read »

Confederate Louisiana

As a member of the Confederate States of America, Louisiana provided soldiers who fought outside the state. Read »

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