Should parish apologize for lynchings?
Michael J. Pfeifer, the author of several books about lynching and its roots in the United States, told me last week that the New Orleans massacre "was a horrific act of collective violence inspired by ethnic prejudice, but it was hardly the largest act of collective violence in Louisiana history. Someone,” he said, “should be talking about Bloody Tangipahoa.”
Edward Toefield, Jr. A hero’s death remembered
According to court testimony, witnesses saw Thomas Sparks, Jr., 34; shoot Ed Toefield in front of a Hi-Ho restaurant on Highway 51 outside Amite. Toefield had just put handcuffs on Spark’s left wrist when Sparks pulled a pistol from the front of his trousers and shot his arresting officer.
Unanswered questions in Kentwood police shoot-out
For many, this case left questions unanswered, those regarding motive, an alleged tri-parish drug-smuggling operation, and the accusation that an Assistant District Attorney covertly swore allegiance to the Ku Klux Klan.
History ties Oswald and Ferrie in Southeast Louisiana
This week marks the 55th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. Whether a lone nut, innocent patsy, or co-conspirator, Lee Harvey Oswald and his connections to southeast Louisiana in the summer of 1963 are fascinating. Carnal Knowledge, my upcoming book detailing those connections and others throughout the state. That group discussion got me thinking I should share some of that information in this column....Earlier this month, Covington’s English Tea Room invited me to speak to a small group concerning