MOON LANDRIEU 2018-05-31T16:12:01-05:00

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THE ICON: Moon Landrieu

THE LEGACY: Long before he became mayor of New Orleans in 1970, or even a member of the state House of Representatives, Moon Landrieu was a rare white Louisiana politician who was outspoken in his support of desegregation and civil rights. It would bring him death threats, but he would pay them little mind. He had a job to do, and he did it, taking New Orleans — despite no small amount of kicking and screaming in some quarters — into a post-Jim-Crow reality. Today, his influence continues through the work of his children, including current Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, earning Moon the title of patriarch of the family known as “the Cajun Kennedys.”

THE ARTIST: Michael McManus, WhereYart.net

THE INSPIRATION: “We begin this first day of our new lives with firm convictions that New Orleans’ problems can be overcome, that this city of tradition and heritage can recover its pride and regain its momentum and move ahead to meet the challenges of a modern world.” — Mayor Moon Landrieu, in his 1970 inaugural address