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First African American in La. state legislature honored 50 years later

Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature (Source: WAFB) Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature (Source: WAFB)
Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature (Source: WAFB) Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature (Source: WAFB)
Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature (Source: WAFB) Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

On Thursday, several organizations got together to celebrate one of Louisiana's politicians who changed the way things were done.

Ernest Morial was the first African American elected to the state's legislature. The city held a reception at the state capitol recognizing the 50th anniversary of that historic election. State officials, family, and friends all gathered to honor Morial's legacy. His wife, Sybil, says her husband's political journey wasn't easy.

"It was hard sometimes because there were challenges to me and to my children. We, you know, we just had to be strong, and we knew wouldn't never consider not doing it or going back or changing our minds, but you know we hung in there," she said.

Morial was elected to the legislature in 1967. He became the first black mayor of New Orleans ten years later.

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