Baton Rouge Room Lecture Series: Eudora S. Day, Baton Rouge’s First and Only Female Sheriff

The Baton Rouge Room Archives will launch its monthly lecture series this Wednesday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. The lecture will cover Eudora S. Day’s journey to the Sheriff’s seat following the March 1924 death of her husband, the incumbent Sheriff Robert Day, who was killed in the line of duty. Community sentiment was that his widow should step in and carry on his legacy but the newly formed, Klan-controlled Democratic Committee had other ideas. Archivist Melissa Eastin will explore the brief campaign launched by Widow Day’s supporters and examine how the struggle between the Democratic Party, the Ku Klux Klan, and women’s suffragists played a role in this most interesting event in Baton Rouge history.

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