We’re excited to share with you the forty-fourth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Jean Lafitte, Hap Glaudi, Raymond Myles, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Sid Noel, and St. Frances Cabrini.
A Portrait of Jean Lafitte, by Maddie Stratton
“Patriot, pirate, smuggler and warrior, there is no character to compare with him except that of Robin Hood, whom he surpassed in audacity and success.” — Louisiana Historical Society President Gaspar Cusachs, writing in 1919 about Jean Lafitte (excerpt from Nola.com)
Hap Glaudi, by Michael McManus
“If you’re wondering why Hap endured in a medium he found uncomfortable, it’s simply because he never tried to be anything he wasn’t. He remained a newsman with opinions, with insight, with a common touch, with a special feel for his city.” — The Times-Picayune’s Peter Finney, in a 1989 column (excerpt from Nola.com)
Raymond Myles, by Jessica Strahan
“Whatever makes you happy, do it. Damn what somebody thinks about it. I have spent years of my life trying to make people like me, trying to make people accept me. And no matter what I did, somebody found fault. So I’m at the point in my life where I don’t give a damn. Life is too valuable to live it in pain and agony.” — Raymond A. Myles Sr. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, by Jeremy Paten
“It’s not traditional Western aesthetics. Nothing to do with Vogue. Nothing to do with size or height. Once you put on your ceremonial attire in this community, you will be affirmed as pretty. Because normally I wouldn’t fit a Vogue standard of beauty, but when I put that attire on, people are going to tell me all day long, ‘You’re pretty, that’s pretty, you’re beautiful.'” — Cherice Harrison-Nelson, in a 2014 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Morgus the Magnificent, by Gabriel Flores
“Did I enjoy it? … It was like being on a float every week, like the characters who pay thousands of dollars to hide behind masks in Carnival organizations. Of course I did.” — Actor Sid Noel, who created and portrayed Morgus the Magnificent, in an interview with The Times-Picayune in February 1981 (excerpt from Nola.com)
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, by Michael McManus
“We should traverse the whole world to make Jesus Christ known and loved. A God who loves us so much! Can we not love him with all our souls, no matter what the sacrifice?” — Frances Xavier Cabrini, quoted in “Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini” by Mother Saverio de Maria (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.