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UNO trailblazer honored for exemplary efforts

27th May 2014   ·   0 Comments

Students at the University of New Orleans should glance upward when entering that portion of the student center known as “The Deck.” Above the door they’ll see the name Louise Williams Arnolie. Arnolie-Williams-052614

An immediate right turn will fill them in on who this trailblazing woman is and they’ll find out what she and 54 fellow classmates did more than 50 years ago.

The 1958 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans was among the first 55 African-American students to enter what was at the time Louisiana State University in New Orleans (LSUNO). Louise Williams Arnolie was the first of the “Original 55” to graduate. Placing her name on the deck represents all of these pioneers.

This article originally published in the May 26, 2014 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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