The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens is a long-standing Monroe landmark. The history behind the museum’s founder, however, is even more striking than the landmark itself. Emy-Lou Biedenharn was the only daughter of Joseph Biedenharn, the man to first put Coca Cola in a bottle. After a lengthy singing career in Europe, Emy-Lou returned to her hometown of Monroe, Louisiana amongst the breakout of World War II. Emy-Lou faced many adversities in her lifetime. Born with a severe clubbed foot, she persevered and learned to dance, perform, and even mastered the proper court curtsy (a deep, floor length version of the greeting) to present to King George VI. She later built the ElSong (Emy-Lou’s Song) Gardens, inspired by the magnificent gardens that she visited during her European travels. She also began the Bible Museum and asked that the Biedenharn family home be turned into a museum upon her death- with everything in the home to remain exactly as she left it, as long as the museum stands. Ms. Biedenharn left behind a staggering legacy with the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation, which supports the arts & education in Northeast Louisiana. Her contributions to the Museum’s founding and to the Monroe-West Monroe community continue to shape the future and highlight the history of Ouachita Parish.