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Unearthed document reveals 'coloreds' of New Orlea
Milestone-that's how most African Americans would describe Barack Obama's presidential victory. The election of an African American into the White House marks a first in the nation's history. But 100 years before the nation's first African American president was elected, Blacks in New Orleans were creating change.
Names included in article of executive committee members: Walter L. Cohen, founder of People Life Insurance and leader in the Republican party and executive committee chairman, George D. Geddes and D.W. Rhodes of the mortuary business, Aristide Dejoie, Sr. of The Louisiana Weekly and Collins' own predecessor, the Rev. F. B. Houston of First Free Mission Baptist Church.
Other names of the executive committee: R.E. Jones, Chairman; W. Scott Chinn, Secretary; Col. James Lewis, A. B. Kennedy, Mrs. Frances Joseph-Gaudet, A.H. Colwell, V.P. Thomas, T.J. Campbell, Chas. I. Dowden, Dr. L. T. Burbridge, Prof. Albert Wicker, T. J. Galbreth, Rev. E.D. Simms, Mrs. Fanny Edmonds, the Rev. Pierre Landry, Patrick Prescott, Rev. H. H. Dunn, Rev. H. Taylor, W. J. Rodolph, John Marks, Frank Farrell, J. F. Marshall, Alfred Lawless, Jr., S. J. Channell and W. J. Nickerson.
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