Magnolia Minute: Markita Hamilton-Small, Creole Heritage Foundation

Watch today’s Magnolia Minute episode to learn more about the the Creole Heritage Center’s 20th Annual celebration this weekend with Markita Hamilton-Small from the Creole Heritage Foundation.


The theme of the celebration sponsored by The Creole Heritage Center at NSU is “Struggles & Persistence – But Still We Rise.”

Registration for all events is $75 for Creole Heritage Center members and $90 for non-members. Tickets to just the banquet are $40 for Center members and $50 for non-members. Tickets to the dance only at $20 per individual and $30 for a couple for members and $25 per person and $40 per couple for non-members. Tickets can be reserved online at


Friday, Sept. 14

Registration and a welcome will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Friedman Student Union at Northwestern State University. The morning will include programs on how the Creole Heritage Center Started and showcasing Creole organizations. Afternoon sessions are on the Amedé Ardoin project and “What is Creole music?”

The banquet and awards ceremony is set for 6 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union featuring keynote speaker Lt. Gen. (ret.) Russel L. Honoré with appearances by Melissa Anderson, USA Ambassador Mrs. and Miss Louisiana Hollí Conway. The awards ceremony will honor the winners of the annual Creole Peoples Award along with a special recognition.

Welcome and registration will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Friedman Student Union. Sessions on Saturday morning will be on Creole language, a viewing of film “First Cousins” with filmmaker Moriah Istre and discussion of the book “Creoles of South Louisiana.” A mass will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Fifth St. in Natchitoches. Events will conclude with a performance of “Creole Lady Sings the Blues” featuring Annette Metoyer and the Guys.

Exhibits from the Cammie G. Henry Research Center, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Los Adaes State Historic Site, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Commemorative Area, Cane River National HeritageArea are also planned.

Authors Elista Istre, Darrell Bourque, Elvin Shields and Honoré will have copies of their books for sale.

For more information, contact the Creole Heritage Center at (318) 357-6685 or at