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Revius Ortique

Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana State Archives

Date Issued:

Duration: 01:31:13

Subjects: CIVIL RIGHTS | INTEGRATION | LABOR MOVEMENT | Africa | Oral history | New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana | Ortique, Revius O. (1924-2008) | Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973) | Marshall, Thurgood (1908-1993)


  • Ortique, Revius Interviewee
  • Lemieux, Donald J. Interviewer
  • Jackson, Sailor Jr. Photographer


Oral history with civil rights activist and jurist Judge Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr. (14 June 1924-22 June 2008.) Judge Ortique was appointed the first African-American justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1992. In this interview, Judge Ortique discusses his life growing up in New Orleans during the Great Depression. He briefly discusses his time in the U.S. Army as a company commander in the Pacific. He also discusses his law career, meeting President Lyndon Johnson, his personal thoughts on the Civil Rights Movement and racial issues in America, and the impact Thurgood Marshall had on civil rights and constitutional law. The interview also includes Ortique showing some of his awards and a ceremony for Ortique at the end of the video.