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Old Postcard of French Quarter Courtyard Scene
I included a drawing I did of Andrew Jackson riding his horse like on the statue. The teacher, Mrs. Folse, liked the drawing so much that she asked me to draw it two more times for other projects. So I was well acquainted already with drawing Jackson's statue in the middle of Jackson Square. That led to an appearance on the local television program "Know Your Schools," in which I was interviewed about our class field trip.
During that interview they asked me who was the man represented by the big statue at the bottom of the staircase at the Cabildo, and I had no idea. Finally they said it looked like Bienville, and I agreed. So then on I started paying more attention when people were telling me historical things that I should be remembering. I was only 8 years old at the time, so I didn't feel too bad about the lapse.