|La. Gov. Thomas Overton Moore|
who called for a secession
convention after the election
(William Emerson Strong Photograph Album,
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special
Collections Library, Duke University.)
Dardenne agreed to those terms and will appoint a commission along the lines of other states with such commissions. Among the possible members mentioned by the Times are Gary Joiner, historian/ author of a number of books on the Red River Campaign; Tom Pressly, historian/researcher; Chuck McMichael, immediate past national commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; Dr. C.O. Simpkins, dentist and Civil Rights icon; and former Greenwood Mayor Ernest Lampkins.
Dardenne was quoted in the Times as saying, We're behind the curve a little bit with what other states are doing," said Dardenne, whose office encompasses tourism and tourist development. "I'm anxious to see what other states have done. I think its' a tremendous tourist opportunity for the state because we have such a rich history, not only in terms of Civil War battles, but also Lincoln's plans for Reconstruction, which were focused around Louisiana. There's a lot of different angles that play into Louisiana's history and need to be remembered and examined during the course of the Sesquicentennial."