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Born in Dubberly but raised in Shreveport, guitarist James Burton joined the house band at the Louisiana Hayride when he was 14. He played with all of the icons of the 1950s including Jerry Lee Lewis before becoming a member of Ricky Nelson’s band. Later, he was the lead guitarist for Elvis Presley. He also performed on sessions for John Denver, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and many others. He was inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and is also in the Musicians and Fender Halls of Fame.Louis J. Michot
Louis J. Michot served as State Superintendent of Education from 1972-76. Prior to that, he was a state representative and a member of the Louisiana State Board of Education. A noted businessman, the Marksville native also created the Burger Chef Restaurant chain. His sons Mike and Rick, two of his 10 children, have followed him into politics with Mike serving as a state senator and Rick as a District Court Judge.Marjorie Morrison
Marjorie Morrison has dedicated much of her life to supporting the arts. The wife of the late James H. Morrison, who served 12 terms in Congress, is a former Vice-President of the Council for the Music and Performing Arts and has served on the Louisiana Alliance for Arts and Education, the Louisiana Arts Education Association, and the New Orleans Museum of Art Advisory Board. She is also active in Hammond, the city which she now calls home. She has served on the Hammond Cultural Foundation, the Hammond Centennial Commission and President’s Advisory Board at Southeastern Louisiana University to name just a few.Willis Reed
Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Hall of Famer Willis Reed is best known for leading the New York Knicks to a pair of championships in1970 and 1973. The Bernice native and Grambling alumnus was named Rookie of the Year in 1967 but is best remembered for hobbling out on the court with a badly injured leg in the finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and inspiring his team to victory. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.Charles “Buddy” Roemer
Charles “Buddy” Roemer served in Congress from 1981-87 before being elected as Governor in 1987 and serving from 1988-1992. While in office, Roemer increased teacher pay, strengthened the Department of Environmental Quality to enforce environmental laws, and toughened the laws on campaign finance. He is the only governor in Louisiana history to change party affiliations while in office, switching from a Democrat to a Republican in 1991.