We’re excited to share with you the fourth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Buddy Bolden, Al Hirt, Eliza Jane Nicholson, A.P. Tureaud, Dr. Alton Ochsner Sr., and Judah Touro.
Buddy Bolden, by Jeff Morgan
“(Bolden was) the most powerful trumpet in history … the blowingest man since Gabriel.” – Jelly Roll Morton (excerpt from Nola.com)
Al Hirt, by Connie Kittok
“I tried to improvise for a while, but I’m no trailblazer. I look upon myself as a crowd pleaser. I play what the people want to hear. I love ballads. I love pretty melodies. … I just want to be remembered as a decent person and a good trumpet player. That would be a good epitaph for me.” — Al Hirt (excerpt from Nola.com)
Eliza Jane Nicholson, by Maddie Stratton
“She went downtown back when all the newspapers were on Camp Street in Lafayette Square. Dressed to the teeth in a great big hat, in the big family carriage, and she walked in and said ‘these are the plans. I’m not letting the paper die. I will be running it. And if you don’t want to work for a woman, then that’s fine, but if you stay, know that I’ll be the boss.'” — Historian Pat Brady, on a 2016 profile of Nicholson for New Orleans Public Radio (excerpt from Nola.com)
A.P. Tureaud by, D. Lammie-Hanson
“I could sum up everything about A.P. Tureaud in one phrase: A.P. Tureaud was a great man. … In this day and age of civil rights, we got where we are today by the efforts and dedication of men like A.P. Tureaud, who made himself a leader. That man’s courage was unbelievable.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, eulogizing Tureaud in 1972 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dr. Alton Ochsner Sr, by Saegan Swanson
“If there were one tenth the evidence that the Brooklyn Bridge was unsafe for traffic as there is that cancer of the lung is caused by cigarette smoking, the Brooklyn Bridge would be closed to traffic within 24 hours until it could be determined whether it was safe.” — Dr. Ochsner, quoted in a 1999 article in The Ochsner Journal (excerpt from Nola.com)
Judah Touro by, D. Lammie-Hanson
“I have saved a fortune by strict economy, while others had spent one by their liberal expenditures.” — Judah Touro (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.