Evangeline on display at Mamou Town Hall

MAMOU - Evangeline is on display at Mamou Town Hall for the month of April. Local residents are invited to visit her beautiful image before she travels to other communities in the parish as the Evangeline Parish Tourism Commission prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the parish that bears her name.

Evangeline is visiting Mamou in the form of a maquette, a miniature clay model for a bronze statue, of the heroine of Henry W. Longfellow’s immortal poem for which the parish was named in 1911. Suzy Lemoine, one of the organizers, said many thanks goes to Mayor Wilda Chamberlain and her council for allowing Evangeline to grace their lobby during her stay in Mamou.

The purpose of her visit is to promote a fundraising project to erect her life-size image in bronze on the grounds of the parish courthouse in Ville Platte. Eighty percent of the $100,000 project goal must be reached by September of this year in order for the project to proceed. To raise funds the Evangeline Project committee is selling commemorative bricks and applying for state grant assistance. The bricks sell for $100 and will be placed in the proposed “Evangeline Labyrinth” on the Courthouse lawn for the Centennial Celebration. The four-by-eight rustic bricks may be personalized with the donor’s name, a memorial tribute or a family name with up to three lines of 15 spaces per line. Brick order forms are available at city hall during normal business hours or via fax or mail from the tourism office in Ville Platte.

For more information, contact Lemoine at 224-6475 or Camille Fontenot at the tourism office, 363-1878, or via email: slemoine@yahoo.com.

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