300 for 300 + Portraits from Week 21

We’re excited to share with you the twenty-first week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Barthelemy Lafon, DJ Jubilee, Bunny Matthews, William Boatner Reily III, Smokey Johnson, and The Rev. A.L. Davis Jr.

Map it Out, by Jessica Strahan

Barthelemy Lafon, by Jessica Strahan

“I have duly received your favor of July 15th and with it the Almanac of Orleans which you were so kind as to send me, and for which I present you my thanks. We have on this side of our country no Almanac so scientific.” — President Thomas Jefferson, writing to Barthelemy Lafon from Monticello on Aug. 28, 1808 (excerpt from Nola.com)

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DJ Jubilee, by Jeremy Paten

DJ Jubilee, by Jeremy Paten

“They can’t understand how I can teach school, coach, and still have time to rap. It’s a good lesson for kids to learn that nothing comes easy. You’ve got to work hard to get the things you want in life.” — DJ Jubilee, discussing his students in a 2000 interview in OffBeat magazine (excerpt from Nola.com) 

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Bunny Matthews: Vic n Nat’ly, by Gabriel Flores

Bunny Matthews, Vic n Nat’ly, by Gabriel Flores

“Even more than funny, I want to make it real. And to me, Vic and Nat’ly are really like the New Orleans that I always loved. It may even be nostalgic, people’s idea of the New Orleans they remember. A hundred years from now, I’d like people to look at these drawings and say, ‘That’s the way New Orleans was.'” — Bunny Matthews, in a 1992 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com) 

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William Boatner Reily III, by Sean Randall

William Boatner Reily III, by Sean Randall

“I told them the crown was the right size but they’d probably have to shrink my head.” — W. Boatner Reily III, on his reign as Rex (excerpt from Nola.com) 

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Smokey Johnson, by Jeremy Paten

Smokey Johnson, by Jeremy Paten

“This ain’t no brag: (Motown founder Berry) Gordy used to use two drummers on a recording session because them cats didn’t play no bass drum. But after he heard the New Orleans stuff I was laying down, he didn’t need but one. I’d be sitting behind the drums messin’ around and they’d be recording that stuff.” — Smokey Johnson, in a 2004 interview with Offbeat magazine (excerpt from Nola.com) 

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The Rev. A.L. Davis Jr., by Queen Hope Parker

The Rev. A.L. Davis Jr., by Queen Hope Parker

“New Orleans has lost a rare citizen, one who made lasting contributions both spiritually and politically. I worked with and learned from A.L. Davis in the years of the 1960s when the civil rights movement was first getting underway. I know first-hand of the cause he helped lead and I know of the faith that carried him through some very difficult times.” — Dutch Morial, in 1978 (excerpt from Nola.com) 

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Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.