JFK Visits Crowley Rice Festival, 1959

In October 1959, aspiring presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie were guests at the International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana. They were hosted by Judge and Mrs Edmund M. Reggie.

John F. Kennedy and Edmund Reggie at 1959 Rice Festival

John F. Kennedy addresses crowd at 1959 Rice Festival.

 

On Saturday, May 31, 2008, a marker was placed in Crowley Louisiana on the spot where Kennedy addressed a crowd of 135,000.

An extensive gallery of photos can be seen on the Reggie Family Archives.

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