Legendary Locals of Metairie

Mahalia Jackson

This website contains excerpts along with some of the 172 photographs in Legendary Locals of Metairie (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) by Catherine Campanella.
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"I sing God's music because it makes me feel free”, said Mahalia Jackson, "It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues”. But she did rattle many preachers who disdained her infusion of a bluesy style into her gospel singing. Pictured here at the first Jazz Fest in 1970 with Duke Ellington, “Halie” – born Mahala – traveled the world but rests in Metairie's Providence Memorial Park. (AP)

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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's efforts to rebuild and maintain the historic New Canal Lighthouse.

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