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Photograph: The grave of Louisiana Governor Jacques Dupre and his wife in the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery, known as the Lion and the Lamb. (Photograph provided by St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission.)

Tour Dates: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 2023
It’s time again for the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours. The theme this year is “Reflections Of Our Past.” Travel back in time to a place where the voices from our past allow you to reflect on times gone by. These tours give a perspective of how the past shapes our present and future. The dates of the tours are Saturday, October 14th and 21st, and Sunday, October 15th and 22nd. Tour times are 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturdays, and 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm (handicap tour) on Sundays.

The Spirits visiting with us this year are; Michael Genovese, a local musician; Dr. Emma Wakefield Paillet, the first African American woman to earn a medical degree in Louisiana; Joseph Launey, 17 year old Marine that was killed in action in WWII; Matthew Millard Guidry, Educator of St. Landry Parish and Principal of one of the Rosenwald Schools; Ms. Mary Aline Prudhomme, descendant of Michel Prudhomme; Theodore, Jopher Theophile and Narcisse Pain, brothers that were members of the U. S. Color Troup during the Civil War; Jean Provot, the owner of a dry goods store in downtown Opelousas; and Jim Bowie, who fought in the Battle of New Orleans.

St. Landry Catholic Church and Opelousas Little Theater are delighted to recreate these historical re-enactments for your enjoyment.

Tours are $10 per person and are limited to 15 people per group. Parental discretion for children 10 and younger is recommended. For more information, call 337-942-6552 or 337-308-3474. You can also follow us on our Facebook page: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours.

Proceeds are used for historical grave restoration.