Opelousas Firsts and Famous/ Hall of Fame
Birthplace Of Zydeco Music
Birthplace Of Swamp Pop Music
First Protestant (Methodist) Church In Louisiana & Oldest Methodist Church West Of The Mississippi - 1806
First Masonic Temple West Of The Mississippi- Humble Cottage Lodge No. 19 - 1820
Capital of Louisiana During The Civil War From 1862 To 1863
First African-American From Louisiana To Serve In Congress - Charles E. Nash - 1875 To 1877
Largest African-American Catholic Parish In The U.S. - Holy Ghost Catholic Church
First Daily Newspaper In The World To Use Offset Printing- The Daily World - 1939
Yambilee Festival - Celebrating The Yam Capitol Of The World
Slim's Y-ki-ki, World Famous Zydeco Dance Hall- Established 1959
First African American To Hold Elective Office In The American Psychiatric Association Dr. Charles Prudhomme-Vice President- 1970 to 1971
Annual Zydeco Music Festival- Every Labor Day Week-End
Home Of The International Cajun Joke Telling Contest- Held Every April.
The Following People Have Called
Rod Bernard - Swamp Pop Musician
Jim Bowie - Hero Of Alamo And Inventor Of Bowie Knife
John Ed Bradley - Contemporary Fiction Writer
Hadley Castille Cajun Musician/Fiddler
Tony Chachere - Chef And Creator Of Famous Creole Seasoning
Clifton Chenier Accordionist And King Of Zydeco
Cleveland Chenier - Zydeco Musician
Gov. Jacques Dupre - Served From 1830 To 1831
James A. Joseph - U.S. Ambassador To South Africa And Author
Rodney Milburn - Olympic Gold Medalist In Hurdles- 1972
Enola Prudhomme - Chef And Cookbook Author
Paul Prudhomme - Internationally Renowned Chef
Rockin' Sidney Simien - Zydeco Musician
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Communications • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Sports • War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 31.887′ N, 92° 4.44′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker is on East Landry (U.S. 190) south of Campus Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 828 East Landry, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Le Vieux Village (here, next to this marker); J.S. Clark High School
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of Le Vieux Village Historical Park & Heritage Museum at the eastern entrance of Opelousas along U.S. Highway 190.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2019.