Los Adaes State Historic Site Included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program Thursday, Sep 13 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

 Los Adaes State Historic Site Included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

Natchitoches, LA, September 13, 2012 –

 Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) announced today that anthropologist Rolonda Teal, co-founder of the heritage organization Cultural Lore, Inc. was successful in nominating Los Adaes State Historic Site to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

Teal began researching this project as part of an undergraduate class assignment. While delving through research materials, she ran across a story about freedom seekers who left plantations from the southern portion of Natchitoches Parish in route to Nacogdoches, TX. “This one story compelled me to want to know more. Was this a one-time occurrence? Did they just go to Nacogdoches?” remarked Teal. “As I attempted to find answers to those questions, a larger story unfolded that included many escape attempts – some of which were successful while others were not.”

 Los Adaes State Historic Site’s successful nomination for inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program (NURNF) is a result of more than seven years of research by Teal. The NURNF is a subsidiary of the National Park Service whose involvement with the Underground Railroad began in response to Public Law 101-628, enacted in November 1990, which directed the agency to study alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the Underground Railroad. The National Park Service’s mission is to promote programs and partnerships to commemorate, preserve sites and other resources associated with, and educate the public about the historical significance of the Underground Railroad.

 Currently, there are only three sites in the state that hold this designation, one in South Louisiana known as the River Road African American Museum and the other two are located in Natchitoches Parish. In 2008, Cammie G. Henry Research Center located on the campus of Northwestern State University received honors from NURNF for its collection of archival material that supports research on slavery and attempts at freedom. The inclusion of Los Adaes SHS offers the second site in the region.

 Having these two sites located within Cane River National Heritage Area offers a way to interpret the multicultural legacy of the colonial Spanish fort. In addition, residents of the parish will benefit from a better understanding of our unique – and at times difficult to understand – history of slavery in the region. Educators, the tourism industry, and state park officials can all benefit from this new perspective when discussing African American and American history in the state.

Anthropologist Rolanda Teal

 

 

 

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Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art Thursday, Sep 13 2012 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Clementine Hunter admirer? You will want this book.

Clementine Hunter, lived and painted at Melrose