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Louisiana's Old State Capitol: The Grand Opening (1994)



Genre: Event

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994

Duration: 00:57:49

Subjects: Louisiana Governors | Louisiana's Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | Media | McKeithen, W. Fox | Edwards, Edwin W. | McKeithen, John J. (John Julian), 1918-1999 | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Roemer, Buddy | Davis, Jimmie, 1899-2000 | Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935 | Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Economy | Education | Politics


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • McKeithen, Fox Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • McKeithen, John Panelist
  • Treen, Dave Panelist
  • Roemer, Buddy Panelist


Beth Courtney hosts a Louisiana Governor’s Symposium in honor of the rededication of the Old State Capitol as a Museum of Political History in 1994. The program features: introductions by Secretary of State Fox McKeithen and Governor Edwin Edwards (1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996); profiles of former Governors John McKeithen (1964-1972), Dave Treen (1980-1984), Buddy Roemer (1988-1992), and Jimmie Davis (1944-1948, 1960-1964); and a panel discussion with McKeithen, Treen, and Roemer. They discuss: Louisiana’s unique political culture; the power of the governorship; the legacy of Governor Huey P. Long and the Long family; the biggest challenges they faced during their terms; their relationship with the media; the need for Louisiana to diversify the economy beyond oil and gas revenues; improving education; and the relationship between McKeithen and President Lyndon B. Johnson.