Huey Long Symposium »»»Published: November 08, 2010

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  • Assassination or Accidental Shooting?

Secretary of State Jay Dardenne and the Foundation for Historical Louisiana hosted the Huey Long Symposium on August 28-29, 2010, at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol and the Old Governor’s Mansion. A series of panels, a presentation by Dr. Carl Weiss Jr. and the play Who Killed the Kingfish were on the agenda.

The panels and panelists of three panel discussions were:

Long Legacy Panel

Moderator: Dr. Wayne Parent, Russell B. Long professor of political science at LSU and author of the book Inside the Carnival: Unmasking Louisiana Politics
Panelists:
Dr. Glen Jeansonne, Louisiana native and professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee;
Dr. Richard White, associate dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business at LSU and author of the book Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long;
Dr. Paul Leslie, professor of history at Nicholls State University and
Dr. John Price, associate professor of history at Northwestern State University


Long Family Panel
Moderator: Bob Mann, holder of the Manship Chair at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU.
Panelists:
Russell Mosely, Baton Rouge attorney and the great-grandson of Huey P. Long;
Rep. Jimmy Long of Natchitoches and
Ted Jones, Baton Rouge attorney and longtime friend of the Long family


The 75th Anniversary Panel: Assassination or Accidental Shooting?
Moderator: Michael Wynne, collector of Louisiana political memorabilia and co-author of the play Who Killed the Kingfish?
Panelists:
David Zinman, former news reporter, author of the book The Day Huey Long Was Shot and co-author of the play Who Killed the Kingfish?;
Dr. Donald Pavy, New Iberia physician, Weiss family member and author of the book Accident and Deception: The Huey Long Shooting;
Capt. Don Moreau, retired state trooper who led the re-opened State Police investigation in the early 1990s;
Professor James E. Starrs, professor of law and forensic sciences at The George Washington University who has done extensive forensic investigation into the Long shooting and
Tom Angers, Lafayette attorney and author of My Wars, the memoirs of State Police Col. Francis Grevemberg.


In addition to the panel discussions, Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., the son of the man accused of the assassination, spoke about the impact of the shooting of Huey Long on the Weiss family. This was Dr. Weiss’ first public appearance discussing the shooting.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, the Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne presented the play Who Killed the Kingfish? with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The play features Weiss at trial and represents the factual and traditional circumstances surrounding the shooting of Huey Long. The audience interacts by serving as the jury to decide whether Weiss is guilty or innocent.


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