This week in Big Easy History July 15 - 21
Lets see what this week had going on and talk about the twists and turns our city has taken
Welcome to Big Easy Life. It is ( July 15th 2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history
On this date in (1929)
Thomas Walmsley sworn in as Mayor of New Orleans
Thomas Walmsley later had a street named for him in the Carrolton area
It is (July 16th2020) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history
On this date in (1993)
the New Orleans City Council voted 6 to 1, to declare the Liberty Monument, then located on Canal Street, a nuisance.
This is a major moment in our city. The liberty monument for those that do not know was erected in 1874 commemorating the "Battle of Liberty Place" . This was where a group called "The democratic white league" and yes it has all the negative cogitations that you're thinking, battled the local police and militia to take control of the government. They succeeded with a total of 32 people losing their lives including many police.
The "white league" released its hold on the city a week later as members of the 22nd US Infantry was dispatched by Grant to quell the uprising.
The monument was a blatant to commemorate and praise the insurrection from the Democratic Party point of view, which at the time was in firm political control of the city. In 1932, the city added an inscription that expressed a white supremacist view.
It is (July 17 20) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history
On this date in (2002)
Booker T. Washington High School and Auditorium were placed on the National Register of Historic Places
It is (July 18 20) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history
On this date in (1923)
"Milneburg Joys" is Recorded by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.
It is (July 19 20) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history
On this date in (1799)
Don Nicholas Maria Vidal, Lt Gov, informed the Cabildo that due to the death of Don Manuel Gayoso yesterday afternoon,, the position of Civil Governor General and Royal Vice Patron falls upon him, according to Royal Orders.
It is (July 21 20) and it’s time for Today in Big Easy history
On this date in (1967)
The Green Bridge (the unofficial local name of the Paris Road Bridge) on Highway 47 across the MRGO opened