Flags out in Louisiana today? Under the U.S. Flag code, Louisianans (and anyone else so inclined) should fly their U.S. flags on April 30 in honor of Louisiana’s statehood, achieved on April 30, 1812.
On April 30, 1812, the United States admitted Louisiana as the 18th state into the Union. Louisiana was the first state to have a majority Catholic French- and Spanish-speaking population, reflecting its origins as a colony under France from 1699-1763 and Spain from 1763-1803. Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Louisiana’s road to statehood was not all smooth. Federal law required citizens of a newly admitted territory to apply to congress for statehood, and the admission of the Orleans Territory as the 18th state followed years of lobbying efforts by prominent citizens—both American and Creole (French-speaking Catholics). Men such as French-born congressman Julien Poydras and American attorney Edward Livingston sought the greater political rights that statehood bestowed and convinced Territorial Governor William C.C. Claiborne that the Orleans Territory qualified for statehood. Finally in 1811, Democratic President James Madison signed the bill allowing the people of Louisiana to form a state constitution. Following the state constitutional convention in New Orleans where 43 American and Creole leaders convened, on April 14, 1812, President Madison signed the bill approving statehood. The bill designated April 30, 1812, as the day of formal admission.
- Fly your flag April 28: Maryland statehood day (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- National Archives document images, important documents relating to Louisiana statehood
- No, the crab is not the official citizen of the State of Louisiana, and Gil Brassard, Sr., says shame on you for saying so; he notes the Louisiana State Crustacean is the crawfish, however
- C. C. Lockwood’s photos of Louisana official symbols
- No, the U.S. stopped adding stripes to the flags with 15, in 1794; the most stripes the flag had was 15
- Kidd Jordan will be honored as a Jazz Hero, by the Jazz Journalists Association, on April 30, 2013 — the middle of the New Orleans JazzFest