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Hurricane Camille

Disasters

Hurricane Camille struck coastal Mississippi in mid-August of 1969, marking the first designated Category 5 storm and one of Louisiana’s most storied tropical weather events.

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The Up Stairs Lounge Fire

Disasters

The act of arson at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in the French Quarter, was the deadliest fire on record in New Orleans history and the largest mass killing of queer citizens in twentieth-century America.

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White League

History

A paramilitary organization aligned with the Democratic Party, the White League played a central role in the overthrow of Republican rule and intimidation of African Americans in Louisiana during Reconstruction.

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A Confederacy of Dunces

Literature

Book jacket cover of "A Confederacy of Dunces."

Despite the difficulties John Kennedy Toole faced while trying to publish A Confederacy of Dunces, the novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and sell more than two million copies.

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Edgar Degas

Art

French impressionist painter Edgar Degas stayed with his Creole relatives in 1872 and 1873, and did some of his important works in New Orleans.

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Eliza Ripley

Literature

Eliza Ripley recounts life in antebellum Louisiana, focusing on the habits and customs of typical upper-class New Orleans households.

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Birdman

Music

Bryan "Baby" Williams, more widely known by the stage name Birdman, is a Grammy-nominated rapper, record-label executive and co-founder of the famed New Orleans recording company Cash Money Records.

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