The St. Augustine Historical Society (SAHS) presented a captivating historical re-enactment called “Cane River Creoles: A Legacy Of Faith” at the Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant, June 23.
Narrated by 8-year-old Ethel Marie Guidry, the re-enactment tells the story of the faith-based Creole community on Isle Brevelle founded by “Grandpere” Augustin Metoyer. Grandpere had a plantation chapel of 1803 which would eventually, by donation, become the Catholic Church that still exists today. Grandpere is the son a Frenchman and a formerly enslaved person, Marie Thereze Coincoin.
SAHS President Dr. Mark Guidry said, “We were thrilled to educate the public, especially young girls at the pageant, and even more delighted to have a young person tell the story. The legacy lives on!” SAHS is a non-profit, tax-exemp organization that preserves the history and heritage of the St. Augustine parish community on Isle Brevelle.