EWE bust replaced
By: Harold Gonzales
CROWLEY - Efforts to replace the stolen, bronze bust of former Governor Edwin Edwards have been a success with a new one being placed on the courthouse monument last week.
Over the past several months donations were made to defray the cost of the $2,000 bust through an account set up at Home Bank.
The tax-free account to collect funds was established at Home Bank in Crowley under ‘Gov. Edwards Restoration Project.’
The new relief was ordered and installed by Tiger Istre from Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home while the fundraising efforts were spearheaded by John Gott.
The original monument of Edwards, signaling the first person from Acadia Parish to be elected governor, was unveiled by the governor and his family on Friday, May 11, 1973. The monument remained in a uninterrupted state on the courthouse lawn until stolen last year.
Edwards was elected Louisiana’s governor in 1972, 1976, 1984 and 1992. He began his political career as a city councilman in Crowley.