Democracy in Louisiana

In-person presentations April 1, 2023

In anticipation of American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution coming to THNOC in mid-June, the 2023 History Symposium explores how the democratic system has functioned in Louisiana and how key events have influenced our current political climate.

The one-day, in-person event, scheduled for April 1, 2023, will feature moderator Dr. Pearson Cross and a vibrant slate of speakers addressing topics ranging from the drafting of the first constitution and the politics of enslavement to the women’s suffrage movement in New Orleans and how Louisiana’s environment impacts public policy. The symposium also complements “Yet She Is Advancing”: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878–1970, a THNOC exhibition opening in late April.

Symposium registration is expected to open March 6.