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At ninety-six, Chase has served her famous gumbo to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama. Her New Orleans restaurant was once a meeting place for civil rights freedom fighters, and her life inspired the character Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
As the state capital, Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Louisiana’s political life and a great place to discover the state’s past. The city’s vibrant culture, a blend of French, English, and Spanish influences, rivals that of its older sister, New Orleans.