BLONDIE LABOUISSE 2018-11-26T12:32:17-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Blondie Labouisse

THE LEGACY: Born on St. Louis Plantation near Plaquemine, Blondie Labouisse came to politics naturally: Her father, Edward James Gay, was a state senator after World War I. She didn’t become politically active, however, until the 1939-40 gubernatorial contest, when she started ringing doorbells in the Garden District and the nearby St. Thomas housing development and found she liked it. She soon became a player in Democratic Party politics, serving on the party’s State Central Committee for eight years, in addition to serving on other civic boards and helping establish such organizations as the Friends of the Library. A group she convened in her living room to work on issues such as teenage pregnancy, medical care and homelessness became known as Blondie’s Bombers. Labouisse received The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 1990; the selection committee’s statement said, “Few show more care and compassion for community and fellow man.”

THE ARTIST: Queen Hope Parker

THE INSPIRATION: “She believed in a lot of things that were not at all popular with her social group. This didn’t daunt her in the slightest. Blondie would just plunge right in … and things would happen.” — Liz McCarthy, a longtime friend and member of Blondie’s Bombers