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Marjorie Morrison (2010)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana, Washington, D.C., Mississippi

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-08-24

Duration: 00:27:48

Subjects: Morrison, Marjorie | Arts | Philanthropists | Women | Morrison, James H. (James Hobson), 1908-2000 | Boggs, Lindy, 1916-2013 | United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965 | Segregation


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Morrison, Marjorie Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 24, 2010, features an interview with Marjorie Morrison conducted by Beth Courtney. Morrison, a resident of Hammond, is an arts advocate and philanthropist. She served as the Vice President of the Louisiana Council for Music and the Performing Arts from 1967-2008 and founded the Hammond Arts Council in 1968. She discusses: the importance of exposing children to art at a young age; attending college at a time when women were not supposed to pursue careers; the impact of World War II on women’s career opportunities; her husband Jimmy Morrison’s run for the United States Congress; moving to Washington, D.C.; her friendship with Lindy Boggs; her husband casting the deciding vote on the Voting Rights Act; her memories of growing up during segregation in Mississippi; her involvement in the arts; the process of sending art slides to the schools in Louisiana; the annual Fanfare celebration of the arts in Hammond; and her garden in Shadow Creek.