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Prairieville in Ascension Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. / Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds

 
 
The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, July 18, 2015
1. The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  (side 1)
The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc.

The APNFA, Inc. was established September 22, 1950 by concerned citizens in the Prairieville area. The Association assisted and encouraged the advancement of farming, livestock and poultry raising, literacy, athletics, domestic achievements, and the general promotion of prosperity and progress in Ascension Parish and surrounding communities. On November 23, 1966, the name was changed to the Ascension Fair Association, Inc.

(side 2)
Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds

On March 7, 1956, Tom W. Dutton donated 3.76 acres to help promote the educational, recreational and civic work being performed by the Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association. The property was donated for the purpose of establishing a site for the fairgrounds. Prior to 1956, the fair was held at Prairieville High School, under the supervision of the Assistant County Agent, L.C. Christy and Dennis Dorville, Fair Association President. Farmers from all areas of the parish displayed agricultural produce that was raised in the parish. The Fair grounds also
Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, July 25, 2015
2. Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds Marker (Side 2)
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included group discussions, canning demonstrations, livestock judging, judging of poultry and eggs, judging of the best breeds of hogs and cows. The original officers for the Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association were:
Dennis Dorville, President
John Cornish, 1st Vice-President
James Roberson, 2nd Vice-President
William Tillotson, Secretary
Leo Christy, Treasurer

 
Erected by Concerned Citizens of Ascension Parish.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureCharity & Public WorkCivil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is March 7, 1956.
 
Location. 30° 17.917′ N, 90° 57.695′ W. Marker is in Prairieville, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 929 and Prairieville Fair Grounds Road, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 929. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prairieville LA 70769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prairieville Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bayou Manchac (approx. 3.6 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); Galveztown (approx. 5.3 miles away); Viet Nam/ Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 5½ miles away); Cal Ripken, Sr.
The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. Marker and grounds image. Click for full size.
July 18, 2015
3. The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. Marker and grounds
(approx. 5.6 miles away); Civil War (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Civil War (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prairieville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2015. This page has been viewed 833 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 19, 2015.   2. submitted on July 26, 2015.   3. submitted on July 19, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 17, 2022