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Loyola University New Orleans Honors Program Students Unveil Flags of New Orleans Tricennial Exhibit

Loyola press release - April 18, 2018

Hosted by The New Orleans Jazz Museum and The Louisiana Historical Center

A New Orleans founding collection of rare manuscripts, letters, documents, books, broadsides, and newspapers from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries has been prepared for public exhibit by students from the Loyola University New Orleans Honors Program. The exhibit, which is part of the New Orleans Tricentennial celebration, is now on display at the New Orleans Jazz Museum located on the third floor of the New Orleans Mint in the French Quarter. Each of the seven flags symbolizes the transitional governance over New Orleans in its 300-year history. Each of the seven flags are displayed with a corresponding primary source curated and researched by Loyola University Honors Students, which include:

  • French Colonial Flag: Royal Decree 1715 - Was the legitimization of Elizabeth Lis by King Louis XV and Philippe of Orleans, namesake of New Orleans, a woman’s rights first in the Kingdom of France? - Maddy Mulder, Washington D.C., ’21
  • Spanish Colonial Empire Flag: 1788 Newspaper Account of New Orleans Great Fire - Is the French Quarter really the Spanish Quarter? - Huong Tran, Vietnam, '21
  • French Empire Flag: 1803 Printing of the Louisiana Purchase - Did the Convention of 1800 with the French Republic enable the United States to acquire New Orleans?
  • United States Flag of 1815: US Senate Jackson Gold Medal Order 1815 - A Gold Medal for Andrew Jackson BUT the War was already over! -- Richard Fell, Pensacola, '21
  • Louisiana Secession Flag 1861: 1861-o Half Dollar - New Orleans once minted Half Dollar Coins that are worth over $900,000 today! -- Hannah Littlefield, San Diego, '21
  • Confederate States of America Flag: 1865 CSA Secret Service Document with Booth CDV - Was John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, recruited and trained as a Confederate Secret Service Agent in the three weeks he spent in New Orleans from March 5th to April 9th of 1864? -- Alex Christian Lucas, New Orleans, '20
  • United States Flag of 1862: Harper’s Weekly 08/25/1866 issue - New Orleans Riot? Massacre? Protest? March? of 1866 -- Brittney Giardina, New Orleans, '21

The exhibit also includes an Edison Record 1919: “Take Me to The Land of Jazz” and “Dixie is Dixie Once More,” 1924 Catalog of Victor Records, and an autograph document by Ira Gershwin and Nat King Cole note signature.

This free exhibit, which will be on display until May 1, 2018, is located on the third floor of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, at the New Orleans Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. in the French Quarter. The New Orleans Jazz Museum is open daily Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special media viewing is being held at the Swing at the Mint, Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Loyola University Honors Program educates students to use their gifts to be men and women for and with others. We strive to develop in students a respect for truth, the critical intelligence to seek it, and the skills to express their learning, with the goal of fostering a just social order. A core requirement for each Honors student is participation in the Honors “Social Justice Seminar,” in which a faculty member directs students in community-engaged research with a partner organization. A special thank you to the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the Louisiana Historical Center for hosting this exhibit.

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