Thursday, May 16, 2019. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130. Join award-winning author Jason Berry for a presentation and signing of his latest book, City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. In City of a Million Dreams, Berry delivers a character-driven history of N...

On March 14, 1891 a mob of anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 people hung, shot and clubbed 11 Italian immigrants outside Parish Prison in New Orleans. This was the largest recorded mass lynching in American history. Nine of the immigrants had been charged with the murder of the city’s police chief, David Hennessy. A lawful trial had been held and the j...

“Esprimo soddisfazione per il proclama di scuse ufficiali della Città di New Orleans da parte del sindaco, LaToya Cantrell, per il linciaggio di 11 italiani, avvenuto il 14 marzo del 1891, quando una folla di oltre 3 mila persone, assalì il carcere dove erano reclusi alcuni italiani, tra cui anche 8 innocenti”. Così l’on. Fucsia Nissoli, deputata d...

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell recently issued a certificate of recognition regarding an event that happened in 1891 when Joseph Shakspeare was mayor. A mob of at least 5,000 gathered at the Henry Clay statue, marched to the prison, broke in, and killed 11 Sicilians. At no time did New Orleans police or prison guards attempt to stop the mob. A l...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) announces its support of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s official statement, issued on Friday, April 12, apologizing for the largest mass lynching in United States history. The proclamation relates to the 1891 lynching of 11 Italian immigrants who were accused of murdering Police Chief David Henne...

Taking ownership of a bygone controversy, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell formally apologized Friday to the families of 11 Italian immigrants who were lynched in the city more than a century ago. She condemned anti-immigrant violence of all forms. Cantrell blasted the long-ago attack before an enthusiastic crowd of 50 at the American Italian Cult...

In this week’s special edition of the Italian American Power Hour host John Viola, just back from the Big Easy, presents a special travel journal sharing his multi-year relationship with one of his favorite Italian American events of the year, the Annual St. Joseph’s Day Weekend in New Orleans, LA. This year, John had the honor of serving as the ev...

“These sneaking and cowardly Sicilians, the descendants of bandits and assassins, who have transported to this country the lawless passions, the cut-throat practices, and the oath-bound societies of their native country, are to us a pest without mitigations…These men of the Mafia killed Chief Hennessy in circumstances of peculiar atrocity…Lynch law...

Although Progresso is now known for its selection of canned soups, the company got its start by selling canned Italian foods to Italian Americans living in New Orleans. Now, the company also produces chili, stock, beans, balsamic vinegar, breadcrumbs, and more. Read on for eight facts you might not know about Progresso. 1. PROGRESSO'S HISTORY DATES...