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St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours & Historical Reenactments

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Voices from Our Past St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours in Opelousas, Louisiana

Spend some time with voices from the past at the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours & Historical Reenactments. Some are happy and some are sad, but each will leave you wanting to know more. In its 16th year, tour reenactors will transport you back in time focusing on a chosen time period in Opelousas’ history.

Last year’s theme was “Leaders & Legends”. This year, you get to meet a general from the War of 1812 and a New York orphan train rider. Learn more about this year’s spirits below.

Frank Boyance, Sr. was a blacksmith who made many of the iron crosses seen at the St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery.

Michel Prudhomme II was the son of Michel Prudhomme who donated land for the St. Landry Catholic Church. The Michel Prudhomme Home is believed to be the oldest structure still standing in St. Landry Parish. You can make an appointment with the Preservationists of St. Landry to tour the home.

General Garrigues de Flaujac served in the War of 1812. He is originally from France but is buried here, in St. Landry Parish.

Rachel Gradnigo is a Creole icon to most residents of Opelousas. She owned several businesses and helped to establish Opelousas as a thriving community in the 1840’s.

Coy Marie Pavy is another local legend. She was a nursing instructor who improved health care facilities in St. Landry Parish.

Sr. Mary Anselm Duffle is originally from New York. At the age of three, she road the “orphan train” to Louisiana in 1909. She spent the rest of her life in Louisiana as a nun.

Martin Bordelon owned the Oldsmobile dealership of Roy Motors. When he passed in 1943 his wife, Marie, became the first female to own a dealership in Opelousas.

Agatha Dupré Lafleur was the mother of Lieutenant Father Verbis Lafleur, a WWII POW who lost his life saving the lives of men aboard the sinking ship, Shinyo Maru.

All proceeds from the cemetery tours fund the Cemetery Historical Restoration Project. The tours began in 2003 and, to date, 30 plus gravesites have been restored. Additionally, signage has been added.

Tours are available October 13, 14, 20, and 21. Saturday tours take place at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm, while Sunday tours are at 2pm and 3pm. Handicapped accessible tours will be available the first weekend. Call the organizer for more details. Also, bus groups are welcome!