Louisiana Political Museum

The Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in located in Winnfield, Winn Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It was created in 1987 by an act of the Louisiana State Legislature to highlight the careers of the state’s leading politicians and political journalists. Because three governors, Huey P. Long Jr., Oscar K. Allen, and Earl Kemp Long, were born there Winnfield calls itself “the birthplace of Louisiana politics.” The museum, which opened in August 1993 on the centennial of Huey Long’s birth, is located at 499 East Main Street in a restored Louisiana and Arkansas Railroad depot. Until his death in 2011, each inductee was sketched by the former Shreveport Times cartoonist Preston Allen “Pap” Dean Jr., himself one of the original thirteen honorees. Large displays are accorded for the two Governors Long, with sculptures of each man shown speaking to voters. Recording of Long political speeches are sometimes played as visitors examine the political past. Other Long family members inducted into the Hall of Fame include the late U.S. Senator Russell B. Long, former U.S. Representatives Speedy O. Long and Gillis W. Long, former State Representative Jimmy D. Long of Natchitoches, and on February 1, 2014, Rose McConnell Long. Zachary Taylor, the only U.S. President from Louisiana (though he was born in Virginia), was inducted in 1995.

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