Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans

THNOC’s exhibition, Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans, examined Jackson’s central role in the Creek War and Battle of New Orleans, as well as the sudden national fame that followed the general’s successful defense of the city.


Early paintings and prints, sculptures, medals, and material culture artifacts illustrated the evolving public concept of Jackson as a military and political leader. Rare, one-of-a-kind objects—some belonging to Jackson himself—were on loan from The Hermitage, the Library of Congress, and other institutions. Highlights from THNOC’s own holdings include a selection of the infamous “coffin broadsides” printed by supporters of John Quincy Adams in the 1828 presidential election and rare funeral ribbons memorializing Jackson after his 1845 death. Subsequent uses of Jackson’s image in artworks and vintage advertisements demonstrate his lasting impact on New Orleans and the South.


Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans
November 5, 2014–March 29, 2015

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Opening reception: Tuesday, November 11 • 6:30–8:00 p.m.

533 Royal Street
Admission is free.

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Lesson plans for teachers and educators related to Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans
The Historic New Orleans Collection has teamed with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create unique lesson plans for teachers and educators, drawing on primary sources from THNOC’s archival holdings. The lesson plan for Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans is based on a letter recounting the Battle of New Orleans from a New Orleans resident named Laura Florian. For more information, contact Daphne Derven, curator of education, at (504) 598-7154 or

Above: Portrait of Andrew Jackson; ca. 1858; hand-colored engraving by Alonzo Chappel, artist; Thomas Phillibrown, engraver; Johnson, Fry and Co., publisher; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Boyd Cruise and Harold Schilke, 1959.160.15

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