NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When officials from the United States arrived in newly acquired Louisiana in 1804 to consider the prospects of the area for statehood, they found a bewildering landscape that could not have been more different from the New England countryside that gave birth to the nation just a few decades earlier.
The federal group found a population made up almost entirely of French-speakers, a third of whom were free people of color.
The delegation was perplexed, according to Connie Zeanah Atkinson, professor of U.S. history at the University of New Orleans.
John Batson was General Manager of WWNO throughout a period that saw numerous achievements, including improved transmission across the region, acquisition of KTLN to serve the Houma - Thibodeaux area better, and locally-produced programs, like Crescent City. Before retiring, John wrote this history of the station.
Louisiana will celebrate 200 years of statehood this coming April. To commemorate the anniversary, The Historic New Orleans Collection is exhibiting a gallery of artifacts tracing the state's history. John Lawrence, the director of Museum programs for the HNOC, talked about it with WWNO
The fabric and identity of New Orleans is often revealed through the history of its neighborhoods. Now, a film documentary by two local producers tells the story of one of New Orleans's oldest and most culturally significant.
A long-awaited historical marker was unveiled in February at the corner of Press and Royal Streets, marking the spot in 1892 where Homer Plessy was thrown off a railway car and arrested. Plessy's planned act of civil disobedience eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in the landmark case Plessy v. Ferguson, and, for some, marks the beginning of the civil rights movement.