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CreoleGen · 1W ago

Lynchings, Gruesome Gertie and Coming of Age

Atchafalaya Bridge at Krotz Springs James Guidry has submitted several articles to CreoleGen which dealt with his life growing up in Opelousas, LA as a young man. All of these articles have ...
CreoleGen · 1W ago

Les Modistes: Ladies League Sewing Club – New Orleans, 1943

Pictured from left to right: Mrs. Albertha Stewart, Chair of Sick Relief; Mrs. Sarah Coster Hyce, President; Mrs. Dorothy Barber Brent, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Carrie Brent, Vice President...
CreoleGen · 2W ago

Edward and Norma Epps – Golden Anniversary 1901-1951

Pictured left to right: Thelma Epps Dejoie (daughter); Emilie “Millie” Patin Pittman (Mrs. Epps’ sister); Sheila Badon (great-niece); Harold Epps (son); Mrs. Norma Patin Epps; Mr. Edward J. ...
CreoleGen · 1M 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 · 1M 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 · 1M 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 · 2M 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 · 3M 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 · 3M 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 · 3M 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...