Southwestern Louisiana

“The Shark River”

1927 Flood - Photograph - “The Shark River”

The Coast Guard boat "The Shark River" is used to evacuate flood victims from the Long Bridge area of Avoyelles Parish during the 1927 flood. ZoomifyView »

A Boat with a  barber chair in Melville Louisiana

1927 Flood - Photograph - A Boat with a barber chair in Melville Louisiana

A photograph of a boat with a barber chair in Melville Louisiana during the great flood of 1927. Written on photo: "Portable Barber Shop, Melville, LA." M-84 ZoomifyView »

A Cajun-style house inundated by flood waters during 1927 flood

1927 Flood - Photograph - A Cajun-style house inundated by flood waters

A Cajun-style house in Avoyelles Parish inundated by flood waters during the 1927 flood. ZoomifyView »

Flooded home in Melville Louisiana during the Great Flood of 1927.

1927 Flood - Photograph - Flooded home in Melville Louisiana.

A photograph depicting flooding in Melville, Louisiana, during the Great Flood of 1927. Written on photo: One of Melville's finest homes. M-82. This is the residence of the McNeils at Melville - It is a two story house. ZoomifyView »

Flooding in Melville Louisiana during the Great Flood of 1927.

1927 Flood - Photograph - Flooding in Melville Louisiana.

Flooded buildings in Melville, Louisiana, during the Great Flood of 1927. ZoomifyView »

Tent city for refugees at Mansura, during the 1927 flood

1927 Flood - Photograph - Tent city for refugees at Mansura

A "tent city" maintained by the Red Cross for refugees at Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, during the 1927 flood. ZoomifyView »

Tent city for refugees at Marksville, during the 1927 flood.

1927 Flood - Photograph - Tent city for refugees at Marksville

A "tent city" maintained by the Red Cross for refugees at Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, during the 1927 flood. ZoomifyView »

Iry LeJeune and Nathan Abshire

Abshire, Nathan - Photograph - Iry LeJeune and Nathan Abshire

This image is a rare musical treasure, showing Cajun music legends Iry LeJeune and Nathan Abshire very early in their careers. In 1955 LeJeune was tragically killed at the age of 26, leaving Abshire to carry on the Cajun accordion tradition. This image marks the musical kinship of two great Cajun artists. ZoomifyView »

Nathan Abshire

Abshire, Nathan - Photograph - Nathan Abshire

Nathan Abshire is considered one of several important Cajun accordionists who helped re-popularize traditional Cajun music after World War II. Abshire's music embodied the old-time, traditionally crafted sound that returning Cajun GI's as well as the rest of the Cajun populace longed to hear. ZoomifyView »

Nathan Abshire with Earl Demary's Musical Aces

Abshire, Nathan - Photograph - Nathan Abshire with Earl Demary's Musical Aces

This image was taken during the recording of Pine Grove Blues, one of Abshire's most famous studio sessions, after which he poses with Earl Demary's Musical Aces. From left to right: Earl Demary on guitar, Wilson Granger on fiddle, Eldridge "coon" Guidry on bass, unknown on drums, Nathan Abshire on accordion, and Ernest Thibodeaux on guitar. ZoomifyView »

Acadian Weaver

Acadian Weaver - Lithograph- Acadian or Cajun weaver working her loom

An Acadian or Cajun woman weaves fabric on her loom. ZoomifyView »

Acadian Weaver

Acadian Weaver - Lithograph- Acadian or Cajun weaver working her loom

An Acadian or Cajun woman weaves fabric on her loom. ZoomifyView »

Acadian Weaver

Acadian Weaver - Lithograph- Acadian or Cajun weaver working her loom

An Acadian or Cajun woman weaves fabric on her loom. ZoomifyView »

Acadian Weaver

Acadian Weaver - Lithograph- Acadian or Cajun weaver working her loom

An Acadian or Cajun woman weaves fabric on her loom. ZoomifyView »

Acadian Weaver

Acadian Weaver - Lithograph- Acadian or Cajun weaver working her loom

An Acadian or Cajun woman weaves fabric on her loom. ZoomifyView »

Alice Plantation

Alice Plantation - Photograph - Exterior view

Alice Plantation was built ca. 1790. In 1961 the upper floor was floated by barge along Bayou Teche from its original location in Baldwin (St. Mary Parish), which was being developed as a subdivision. View »

Johnnie Allan

Allan, Johnnie - Photograph - Portrait, publicity photo

Louisiana recording artist Johnnie Allan is known for the swamp pop hit "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights." ZoomifyView »

Baton Rouge Bus Stop

Baton Rouge Bus Boycott - Photograph - Baton Rouge Bus Stop

In 1953, African Americans made up 70 percent of the Baton Rouge Bus Company's business, but like everywhere else in the Jim Crow South, black riders were restricted to the "colored" section of buses and were often forced to stand over vacant seats. View »

Boycott Drop Off

Baton Rouge Bus Boycott - Photograph - Boycott Drop Off

The Baton Rouge bus boycott forced the white-owned bus company to compromise with black passengers; however, the civil rights protest fell short of complete desegregation. View »

Boycott Pick-Up Point

Baton Rouge Bus Boycott - Photograph - Boycott Pick Up Point

The improvised carpool that provided free rides during the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953 was so successful that after four days, the white manager of the city bus system said the company would be bankrupted if African American passengers did not return soon. View »