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What's in a Name?: Donaldsonville (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, 30.0919065, -91.0119209

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-12-19

Duration: 00:08:42

Subjects: Civil War | Museums | Music | Donaldson, William, 1769-1814 | Fort Butler (Donaldsonville, La.) | Battlefields | River Road African American Museum | Museum exhibits | JAZZ | Oliver, King, 1885-1938 | Landry, Pierre Caliste | African American mayors | Film Industry | ACTORS | Jones, Tommy Lee, 1946-


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Landry, Kirk Interviewee
  • Hambrick, Kathe Interviewee
  • Ziringue, Richard Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the December 19, 2008, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Donaldsonville, the third oldest city in Louisiana and a former state capital. He talks to local historian Kirk Landry about the city’s namesake, William Donaldson, and tours the site of Fort Butler, the location of the Battle of Fort Butler during the Civil War. Whinham also speaks to Kathe Hambrick, the curator of the River Road African American Museum, about jazz musician Joe “King” Oliver and former mayor Pierre Landry, who became the first African American mayor in the United States in 1868. Lastly, Whinham interviews actor and Donaldsonville native Richard Ziringue about the impact of the film industry in Donaldsonville and serving as a dialect coach for Tommy Lee Jones. This story is a part of the “What’s in a Name?” series. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford