Cheryl H. White


Cheryl H. White, PhD, is a professor of history at Louisiana State University at Shreveport, where she has taught Medieval European and Christian Church history for 25 years and holds the distinguished Hubert Humphreys Endowed Professorship. A passionate preservationist, Dr. White is actively engaged in historic preservation advocacy and policy-making at both local and state levels. This is her sixth book title to be published with The History Press.





1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 4
Local Louisiana Heroes
with Christopher A. Kennedy, Katy Morlas Shannon, Cheryl H. White, and moderator Hampton Ryan

2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Shreveport Martyrs of 1873: The Surest Path to Heaven

In the autumn of 1873, one of the worst yellow fever epidemics in U.S. history swept through Shreveport. As the deadly scourge claimed a quarter of the town's population, the dedicated efforts of five missionary priests offered a call to hope, even as they laid down their own lives in the struggle. True martyrdom is vanishingly rare, extolled as the highest possible sacrifice, yet Shreveport bore abundant witness through these five saintly priests. Their heroism in the midst of this tragic chapter is captured here by a trio of authors, winding a narrative that transcends history to reveal complex themes of virtue, sacrifice and response in times of human crisis and suffering.


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