deLesseps “Chep” Morrison was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation.
NOLA Life Stories is produced in partnership with the Historic New Orleans Collection; this interview was conducted by historian Mark Cave for The New Orleans Life Story Project at the HNOC and produced for radio by Thomas Walsh.