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Spring Street Museum exhibit focuses on 1873 Yellow Fever epidemic

SHREVEPORT, La. – A new virtual exhibit curated by the Spring Street Museum explores how a deadly viral epidemic reshaped Shreveport nearly 150 years ago.

“Misery & Heroism: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1873 in Shreveport” opens October 1, the date on which the epidemic peaked. Yellow Fever stalked the city in the late summer and fall of 1873, carrying away entire families. The outbreak would ultimately become one of the worst in U.S. history.

In conjunction with the exhibit, LSU Shreveport professors will offer a series of Facebook Live lectures on the LSUS History and Social Sciences Facebook page.

  • Dr. Cheryl White, a history professor and the interim academic coordinator for the museum, will talk about the epidemic’s human toll at 11 a.m. October 1 to kick off the exhibit.
  • Dr. Beverly Burden, a biology professor, will speak on “Mosquitos and Transmission of Yellow Fever” at 1 p.m. October 7.
  • Dr. Helen Wise, a sociology professor, will speak on “Changes in Social Institutions Due to the Yellow Fever Epidemic” at 1 p.m. October 14.

In Memoriam

The LSUS family is mourning the loss of two members this year.

Dr. Tara Williams-Hart lost her battle with cancer August 25, 2020, and COVID-19 claimed the life of Dr. Al McKinney on September 20, 2020.

Dr. Williams-Hart joined the LSU Shreveport faculty in 2003. She was a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she mentored future science professionals. She earned numerous Excellence in Teaching awards and held memberships in leadership and scientific honor societies.

Her research was published in numerous scientific journals, and she was designated a “Distinguished Researcher” with the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. McKinney joined the LSU Shreveport faculty in 1974 as an associate professor of science and mathematics. Throughout his career at LSUS, he served in many capacities, including director of academic and administrative computing, professor and chair of Computer Science, director of the Master's Program in Systems Technology and dean of the College of Sciences.

He recently served as interim chair of Computer Science and director of the Master of Science in Computer Systems Technology Program at LSUS until he retired in May 2020.

These two faculty members touched so many over their careers. Faculty and community members alike have come forward to establish scholarships in their names. Should you like to make a donation to either scholarship, click the button below.