Behind the Lens: A Peek at One State's Politics Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Political Museum may be the only one if its kind.
by | July 2018
Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame
(Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame)

There’s a hall of fame for just about everything.

Enjoy robots? You can visit the Robot Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh. Drive a tow truck? There’s the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tenn. There are halls of fame for, among other things, burlesque, mascots, pinball, quilters, insurance, mining and politicians -- well, at least, Louisiana politicians.

The Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1993 in the small town of Winnfield, the birthplace of three governors and, by extension, Louisiana politics. Along with the newspaper clippings and bumper stickers, visitors are treated to a display featuring Gov. Huey “The Kingfish” Long’s dining set and the 1951 Chevy used by Gov. “Uncle Earl” Long as he campaigned across the state.

The class of 2018, which includes Jay Dardenne, the former lieutenant governor and current commissioner of administration for Gov. John Bel Edwards, was inducted into the hall in March.

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