Cross-Burning in New Orleans near Davis Monument

In 1956, the California Eagle and the Arizona Sun published simultaneous reports on a cross-burning in New Orleans. Both articles recorded that a sign had been placed above the blaze that read: “Keep our kids safe from the black plague.”[1] Both reports also noted that the cross-burning occurred near the monument of CSA President Jefferson Davis. The California Eagle took the additional step of connecting the cross-burning to an incident involving the director of the NAACP in Florence, South Carolina. The director refused to use the back door at a railroad station and was arrested.[2]

Justin Seward


Arizona Sun. “New Appearance of Old Symbol.” March 8, 1956, 7.

California Eagle. “Cross Burns in New Orleans.” March 1, 1956, 1.

  1. Arizona Sun, “New Appearance of Old Symbol,” 7; California Eagle, “Cross Burns in New Orleans,” 1. ↩︎

  2. California Eagle, “Cross Burns in New Orleans,” 1. ↩︎