Heroes of New Orleans challenges students to reach beyond their textbooks to build awareness of generations of women whose efforts have had a positive impact on the city.
Builders and Rebuilders engages the community through a series of city-wide exhibits celebrating generations of women who have built and rebuilt the city.
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The timeline of Women and the Law in Louisiana features information and images about various milestones that influenced the legal status of women in the United States, particularly in Louisiana. The exhibition highlights women judges in Louisiana from the 1940s, Anna Veters Levy, through to the current Chief Justice, Bernette J. Johnson.
This timeline details specific accomplishments of Louisiana women set within an extensive compilation of steps representing the progress of American women in respect to the law. The timeline dates from the 1638 immigration of Margaret Brent to Maryland and her appointment as “his Lordship’s attorney” and ends with the swearing in of Bernette J. Johnson as the 25th Chief Justice and the first African American Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. In between these two leaders, biographies of over one hundred women can be viewed.
Online here, you see Caroline Merrick, one of Louisiana’s staunchest supporters of suffrage, as well as images and artifacts from national and local events and institutions from the period 1879 to 1895.
Raised in New Orleans by parents of African American and Native American descent, Frances Joseph-Gaudet (1861-1934) dedicated herself to a life of social work and prison reform. In 1894 as a young widow, she founded the Prison Reform Association to assist both black and white prisoners who had been unjustly accused.
She was the first woman in Louisiana to support juvenile prisoners; her efforts resulted in the formation of the juvenile court system. She also purchased a farm on Gentilly Road and established the Colored Industrial Home and School.
The building of New Orleans through the formation of its women
In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage, this exhibit draws upon the collections of the Louisiana Research Collection to explore the history of women’s political activism in Louisiana, from its role in the suffrage movement through activism in the present day. “How Long Have Women Fought for Liberty? A History of Louisiana’s Women’s Political Activism” demonstrates that Louisiana women have long mobilized regarding issues important to them from across the political spectrum after successfully achieving suffrage.