Photos: Time travel back to the Prohibition era in Louisiana at the Old State Capitol
If you haven’t yet visited “Jazz Age Juxtaposition: Prohibition Era in Louisiana,” at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., you still have time.
The exhibit runs another two weeks, closing on Saturday, Aug. 19.
And the best part? This show isn’t a generalized overall look at the Prohibition era in the United States but specifically focuses on what was going on in Louisiana during this tumultuous time that prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol.
“Jazz Age Juxtaposition” brings visitors back to the time of flappers, bootleggers, speakeasies and rum-runners while focusing on how the state handled this “noble experiment.”
And it may come as no surprise to many that from the onset of the 18th Amendment, Louisiana proved to be an uninterested partner in prohibition. Much of the southern part of the state rejected the prohibition of alcohol and quickly discovered ways to circumvent the law.
Even then-Gov. Huey P. Long famously announced that the state was not doing anything to enforce prohibition. So, the federal government took matters into its own hands in 1926 by stepping in to enforce the law through liquor raids and intercepting ships carrying liquor.
The law, known as the Volstead Act, which was put in place in 1920, was finally repealed in 1933.
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol tells the state’s story of this era through photos, artifacts and other items on loan by museums throughout the state.
Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.