Mary Tutwiler

In memory of Elemore Morgan, Jr.

by Mary Tutwiler

The dean of Acadiana artists has left the rice fields.

When 76-year-old Elemore Morgan Jr. passed away in Baltimore on Sunday, May 18, after complications from heart surgery, it wasn’t just south Louisiana that felt the emotional shock waves. After The Independent Weekly reported Morgan’s death on our Web site the following morning and announced our plans for a special tribute to Morgan, we were overwhelmed with correspondence, contributions and photographs from folks as far away as Brooklyn and Panama. Every heartfelt missive was a reminder of Morgan’s immeasurable impact on everyone he met — and how his lessons and legacy will live on in the friends, colleagues and students he inspired and mentored.

To read this week's cover story on Morgan, click here.