The inauguration of Governor Nicholls on the balcony of St. Patrick's Hall, New Orleans, January 8th, 1877
This illustration depicts the January 1877 inauguration of Gov. Francis Nicholls at St. Patrick's Hall in New Orleans. Republicans contested the results of the election and meanwhile swore in their own candidate as governor. Nicholls was eventually named the victor as part of the Compromise of 1877, which also settled the contested presidential election and effectively ended Reconstruction. In 1891 St. Patrick's Hall housed the city's Criminal Court and was the site of the infamous trial of a group of Italian men accused of assassinating Police Chief David Hennessy. When the trial ended without any convictions, a mob broke into the jail and lynched 11 Italian prisoners.
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