Cheron Brylski, widow of the late New Orleans photographer Harold Baquet, arranged for the donation of Baquet's impressive body of work to The Historic New Orleans Collection. Baquet died June 18, 2015. The donation includes prints, negatives and other materials, and it represents the organization's first complete photographic collection by a black photographer.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation contributed $15,000 to the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation for its School Support Fund, which supports ProStart culinary programs in schools, as well as textbooks, field trips and other materials. The next round of ProStart School Support Fund awards will be distributed January 2017.
State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, who opposes the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, had filed a resolution requiring the Louisiana State Law Institute to hold any discussions on gay marriage at the Capitol. Johnson filed the resolution several days after the Orlando shooting that targeted LGBT people. The House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs rejected his resolution June 21.