Huey Long

Louisiana's First Female Lawyer: Remembering Marian Mayer Berkett

Jul 20, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Long before the women's liberation movement of the Sixties and Seventies, Marian Mayer Berkett became the first female lawyer in Louisiana. As a law student in the 1930s, the Baton Rouge-native became accidentally entrenched in the turbulent era that was Huey P. Long’s reign as governor. Mrs. Berkett passed away this June at the age of 104, and in this edition of NOLA Life Stories, we share this remembrance of her time in Huey P.

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