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John McKeithen

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana, Bogalusa, Washington Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-11-26

Duration: 00:27:30

Subjects: McKeithen, John J. (John Julian), 1918-1999 | Politics | Louisiana Governors | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1963 | BOGALUSA CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH | Long, Earl Kemp, 1895-1960 | LeBlanc, Dudley, 1894-1971 | Perez, Leander, 1891-1969 | Superdome (New Orleans, La.)


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Bush, Charles Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Associate Producer
  • McKeithen, John Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from November 11, 1982, features an interview with John McKeithen conducted by Gus Weill. McKeithen, a native of Columbia, served as the Governor of Louisiana from 1964-1972. He discusses: the gubernatorial election of 1963; the racial tensions in Bogalusa; the Bogalusa Civil Rights March; the constitutional amendment, which allowed him to run for a second term; his relationships with Earl Long, Dudley J. LeBlanc, and Leander Perez; the building of the Superdome and its effect on his political life; and the transition to life after the governorship.