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Opelousas Museum Highlights Black History Month

The Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center is honoring Black History Month with a celebration of the first black law enforcement Lieutenant Julius Guillory, Sergeant Bernard Lewis and Sergeant Phillip Stelly on Saturday, February 3rd from 1-3pm. In the mid-1950s, three courageous black individuals joined Opelousas Police Department during a time of segregation. These three trailblazers of law enforcement include Lieutenant Julius Read More…

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Speaker Imagines What MLK Would Say Today About Opelousas

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. write if he addressed a letter to contemporary Opelousas? Preston Castille referenced the potential issues King might have discussed with Opelousas residents during a Monday afternoon keynote address at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. The speech by Castille highlighted a program that included music and presentations by Read More…

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Spirits Speak Again During Cemetery Tours

A female medical field pioneer, Confederate soldiers, pioneer educators, Swamp Pop musicians and the legendary Jim Bowie are among the spirits whose memories will be recreated beginning Saturday evening during the two-weekend Cemetery Tours and Historical Reenactments at the St. Landry Parish Catholic Church Cemetery.

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The Monuments on Our Courthouse Square

In 1920, a monument was erected by the citizens of St. Landry Parish in honor of the boys who served in the great war, World War I. It was placed on the St. Landry Parish courthouse square, on the southeast corner of the square facing Court Street. The monument was scheduled to be dedicated on July 4, 1920. (See the rest of the story.)

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St. Landry Parish Courthouse – Courthouse Bell – Courthouse Art

Opelousas is a small town with a BIG story to tell! And there are many chapters to that story. One chapter is focused on Opelousas as the seat of Imperial St. Landry Parish, with many stories centered around the parish courthouse. Three of those stories are about the courthouse, the courthouse bell and the courthouse artwork. The following is just a fragment of what is known.

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St. Landry Parish Government Unveiling Program Set for Tuesday, September 19, 2023 in Opelousas.

We’re thrilled to invite you to a truly historic event! St. Landry Parish Government is delighted to announce the unveiling of the beautifully restored St. Landry Courthouse and new bell display on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 10:00 AM, right at the Courthouse Square (118 South Court Street, Opelousas, LA).

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The Opelousas Hotel – G. Miller, Proprietor

Over the years of its existence, Opelousas had several different hotels, some better known than others. Like for instance people today still hear talk about the Lacombe Hotel, the James Hotel, the Waldorf Hotel and the INN. Recently while going through some historic invoices in my Opelousas collection, I can across this old letterhead from one called the Opelousas Hotel that operated in downtown Opelousas for a short time at the end of the 1880s.

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Historic Preservation is Important to our City

Where can you find the Michel Prudhomme Home?  Where can you find St. Landry Catholic Church? Where can you find Holy Ghost Catholic Church? Where can you find the Old City Hall Building? Where can you find the Venus House? Where can you find the Weir Building? Where can you find Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas? Where can you find the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum, the Opelousas Museum, or the Creole Heritage Folklife Center? Where can you search archives that documents over 200 years of St. Landry Parish history? Click for the answer.

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The Sorry State of Estates — Lacombe/New Drug Store Building

See this latest article (a paid advertisement) on The Sorry State of Estates in Opelousas, LA. —
A building that is sure to catch your eye on Court Street, right across from the St. Landry Parish Courthouse in the heart of historic downtown Opelousas, is the Lacombe/New Drug Store.

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The Letters of Antoine Garrigues de Flaujac

The St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery in Opelousas, Louisiana has many old graves including the one of Louis Paul Antoine Marie Joseph Garrigues de Flaujac, famed hero of the Battle of New Orleans. A native of France, Garrigues de Flaujac eventually settled in Opelousas and became a leading citizen in the community. 

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The Rose Garden Club

Most people who have lived some time in Opelousas have heard stories about the old Cedar Lane Club, a famous restaurant and entertainment place during the 1930s to1950s. Much has been written over the years about the old Cedar Lane. But there were other such entertainment places in Opelousas as well. Anyone ever hear of the old Rose Garden Club?