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CreoleGen · 1h ago

Seniors of 1945 ( Xavier University Preparatory High School)

  1st Row: Willer Mae Robert, Austin Foster, Lolita Villavaso, Grace Small, Joseph Arceneaux, Alberta Anderson 2nd Row: Aline Duminy, Audrey Detiege, Marie Harris, Elaine Dejoie, Walter Alex...
CreoleGen · 3W ago

Enslaved Families Remembered at Laura Plantation

In April 1951, The Louisiana Weekly included a snapshot of Mrs. Sarah Hébert Brown, who was then aged ninety-three years old, and her daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and great-...
CreoleGen · 3W ago

Blood Cries Out from the Soil: Louisiana’s First Quintuplets (1950)

   When Albertha Allen (a 28-year-old farm mother from White Castle, Louisiana) was rushed to Charity Hospital on Monday night, June 26, 1950; she was in severe pain. Mr. Frank Smith, an ord...
CreoleGen · 1M ago

A Rosa Parks of the Seventh Ward – Bernice Delatte (1943)

On Sunday, July 11, 1943, seventeen-year-old, Bernice Delatte (a recent graduate of McDonogh No. 35 and a resident of 2116 Law Street) found herself on her way to Lake Pontchartrain for a pl...
CreoleGen · 2M ago

“Yams and Pecans” – Country Life in St. Landry Parish

We at CreoleGen are once again very proud to feature a post by Mr. James Guidry, an avid reader and guest author. Our readers may recall that in the recent past, Mr. Guidry published his ref...
CreoleGen · 2M ago

“Like an Octopus Pulling Me”: The Affair of Virginia Reed and Charles Letten

Upon her death in December 1926, Miss Virginia Reed left a comparatively sizable estate for a woman who had never married and who had never engaged in a skilled profession. Out of her estate...
CreoleGen · 2M ago

What’s in a Name? – Patronymic Tradition in Louisiana

For those pursuing genealogical research in Louisiana Creole families one of the unique cultural practices they may encounter is the patronymic naming tradition found among formerly enslaved...
CreoleGen · 3M ago

Corpus Christi School 8th. Grade Class – 1958

The Eighth Grade students are pictured in front of Corpus Christi Church at the corner of  Saint Bernard Avenue and North Galvez Street. The school was opened in 1917 and was staffed by the ...
CreoleGen · 4M ago

Creole Matriarchs – New Orleans, Lafayette, Opelousas, Mobile

At this time of year, when families gather together and offer thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon them, it is an appropriate time to recognize a few Creole matriarchs. These dutiful ...
CreoleGen · 4M ago

The Rebuilding of an Orphanage / Lafon Home for Boys (1933-1935)

 Lafon Home for Boys (1935) The Fire of 1933 It all began on the morning of December 23, 1933. At 6:30 a.m. the younger boys were asleep, the older ones were in morning prayers, and the nuns...