ST. MARTINVILLE The Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville will host a Day of Commemoration on Saturday, July 28. 

The day starts out with our genealogy workshop at the St. Martinville Branch Library at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Gregory Wood, an expert on the Acadians of Maryland. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., we team up with the Acadian Museum of Erath at the Acadian Memorial to induct Wood into the Order of Living Legends, honoring those who helped shape and define the Cajun/Acadian culture, followed by a reception.

July 28, 1755 was the date the British Governor of Acadie, Charles Lawrence, ordered Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monckton “to send all the French Inhabitants out of the Province.”   The order covered roughly the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and the U.S. state of Maine and was carried out amid a resistance movement that continued for 7 years.  The ensuing diaspora spans both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, including Louisiana.  

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The Acadian Memorial honors the Acadians who arrived in Louisiana from 1764 through 1785. 

The Acadian Memorial is located at 121 South New Market St. in St. Martinville.  Entry is free of charge for the day.  Contact us at 394-2258 or at info@acadianmemorial.org for further info. 

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