Henry M. Morris served as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department during the first and second administrations of Mayor Ernest N. Morial, from November 24, 1980 to January 20, 1985. His service as "Chief of Police" capped a long and distinquished career in local law enforcement.
A native of New Orleans (born in 1922) Morris joined the NOPD in 1946 following his discharge from the U.S. Army. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1951, to Lieutenant in 1957, to Major in 1968, and to Deputy Chief in 1979. During those years his commands included the Sixth District, the Tactical Unit, the K-9 Corps, the Detective Bureau, the Patrol Bureau, and the Technical Services Bureau. He was graduated from the Southern Police Institute (Louisville, Kentucky) in 1955 and was also a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. In 1961 Morris received a Charles E. Dunbar Career Service award, two NOPD medals of honor, and, in 1984, the Louisiana Civil Service League's Monte M. Lemann Award.
Not only was Henry Morris a "cop's cop" (in the words of another former NOPD superintendent, Joseph I. Giarrusso, Jr.) and a proud veteran of World War II, he was also a historian, serving as president of the Louisiana Historical Association during 1981-1982. His interest in the history of the NOPD led him to make sure that important police department records were transferred to the City Archives here at the New Orleans Public Library. Many of those records are described elsewhere on this web site (see the descriptions HERE).
After his retirement in 1985 Chief Morris donated a large collection of photographs to the Archives. Included are crime scene photographs, photos of ceremonial events attended by Morris, along with some personal photographs, including pictures from some of his vacations. We've only just begun, with the assistance of Mrs. Madeline Morris, to arrange and identify the Henry Morris Photograph Collection. The twelve images presented below serve as nothing more than an introduction to this important body of photographs.