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Opelousas Mayor John W. Joseph (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-02-22

Duration: 00:09:11

Subjects: Joseph, John W., 1933-2017 | African Americans | MAYORS


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Joseph, John W. Interviewee


This segment from the February 22, 1987, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s interview with Opelousas Mayor John W. Joseph. He discusses: his distinction as the first African American mayor of Opelousas in the city’s 267-year history; winning the election based on his qualifications; his background; his family; his goals for the city, including revitalizing the economy and balancing the city’s budget; and how he would like to be remembered.