We’re excited to share with you the twenty-sixth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Tony Chachere, Eddie Baquet Sr., Michael White, Lil Wayne, Eve Butterworth Dibert, and Archbishop Joseph Rummel.
Tony Chachere, by Gabriel Flores
“”When I went hunting and fishing, I brought my pots and pans with me, and my spices — salt, chili powder, sweet basil. In the Dakotas or Alaska, all I’d find were white pepper and salt. I’d leave my spice jar behind and soon they’d call. ‘We ran out of that stuff. Send more.'” — Tony Chachere, in a 1987 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Eddie Baquet Sr., by Jeremy Paten
“It was definitely not a popular restaurant when we first opened in 1966. But we set out to emphasize the food, to make it a place where you could get practically anything you wanted at a reasonable price, and after a while it just took off.” — Eddie Baquet Sr., in a 1991 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dr. Michael White, by Sean Randall
“As a result of the civil rights movement, many black people wanted to abandon everything that came from our difficult history, including early jazz, which was often viewed as ‘Uncle Tom music’ or just an old remnant of a disturbing past. For some reason, I saw positive values, like strength, pride, and unity in the music. It was at the heart of our collective African-American creations in America that came to be enjoyed and shared by the entire world. For me, New Orleans jazz is a timeless expression of the universal human experience that will always remain fresh and musically valid.” — Michael White, writing in Jazz Archivist, a publication of Tulane University’s William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive (excerpt from Nola.com)
Lil Wayne, by Jeremy Paten
“You don’t start nothing without visualizing yourself at the top. … Don’t start nothing you don’t think will be successful.” — Lil Wayne, in 2008 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Eve Butterworth Dibert, by Maddie Stratton
“The erection of this hospital … marks a milestone of progress in the handling of the tuberculosis problem in Louisiana. Of the many generous gifts which Mrs. Dibert has so freely offered to our people, none have failed to meet expectations and we feel sure that this will surpass them all.” — From The Monroe News-Star, July 23, 1925, on the construction of the Dibert Tuberculosis Hospital (excerpt from Nola.com)
Archbishop Joseph Rummel,
by Michael McManus
“He will go down in history as one who fought for the rights and dignity of all people. Opposed and even reviled for upholding the standard of Christ and his church, he continued on, serene in the strength of heavenly right.” — Archbishop John P. Cody, in 1964 of New Orleans Archbishop Joseph Rummel (excerpt from Nola.com)
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.