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O. Delton Harrison, Jr.

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-11-03

Duration: 00:26:09

Subjects: Harrison, O. Delton, Jr. | Arts | Opera | Philanthropists | Shreveport Regional Arts Council | Centenary College of Louisiana | Louisiana State University in Shreveport | Barksdale Air Force Base (La.) | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Louisiana State Museum


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Yancey, Allegra Nevils Producer
  • Harrison, O. Delton, Jr. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from November 3, 2013, features an interview with O. Delton Harrison, Jr. conducted by Beth Courtney. Harrison, a native of Shreveport, is an arts advocate. He is the president of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and a past president of the Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Little Theatre, and Shreveport Art Guild. He discusses: his thoughts on being described as a “Renaissance Man”; the impact of seeing his first opera, “Carmen”; seeing the premiere of “A Streetcar Named Desire”; people’s perceptions of Louisiana; growing up in Shreveport; the city’s appreciation of the arts; his role in the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and its accomplishments; the importance of having arts in one’s life; his role in the Chamber of Commerce and business in Shreveport; his work with Centenary College and LSU-Shreveport; Barksdale Air Force Base; the oil and gas industry’s impact on Northwest Louisiana; his desire to travel; keeping up with changing technology; art as an investment; and the Louisiana State Museum.