The Story Behind the Bicentennial Poster: Local Artist Suzanne King Depicts Covington’s Past

Covington Bicentennial Commemorative PosterThe Bicentennial poster depicts many scenes from Covington’s rich past.  There’s the Covington Courthouse on Boston Street (the second courthouse, the first still stands on the property of The Chimes restaurant near “Claiborne Hill”), and an ox-drawn cart with bales of cotton.  Covington exported cotton, which was brought down Columbia Street to the Landing.  The steamer “Josie” is at the landing, bringing people and goods to and from New Orleans.

Next you’ll see the Southern Hotel, circa 1905, a wonderful old oak from Madison Street (where Ralph Menetre courted his future wife, Winifred Heintz), H.J. Smith and Sons’ Hardware and the train pulling into the Gibson Street Depot.  Emile Frederick and his grandson, Wallace Poole sit in Mr. Frederick’s trademark wagon pulled by his horse, “Attaboy”.

Suzanne King is a Covington native and graduate of Southeastern Louisiana College (now University) in Hammond in 1967.  After exploring numerous art forms over the years, she has returned to drawing  and mixed media/collage pieces combined with elements of graphics, a favorite form of artistic expression.  Suzanne is currently represented by Three Rivers Gallery on Boston Street in Covington.

Bicentennial Commemorative Posters will be available at the Bicentennial Time Capsule Closing Event on Thursday, September 26th at the Covington Trailhead.  Posters are also available by contacting Suzanne at or 985-502-5660.