Remembering Ernest “Dutch” Morial

First African American Legislator Since Reconstruction

Photos by James Terry

On Thursday, May 3rd, friends, colleagues, legislators and citizens joined the Morial family and Governor Joh Bel Edwards for a private reception to honor Ernest “Dutch” Morial. The occasion marked 50 years since Dutch arrived at the State Capitol, and featured legislation, photos and news articles, chronicling the life of the legendary man who was the first African-American legislator after Reconstruction. The event was sponsored by the LA Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Governor John Bel Edwards and the State Research Library.

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