Patricia Gannon: When Opelousas was the capital

Mouton House holds lecture

The Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum and the Lafayette Public Library System banded together for a Civil War lecture, “When Opelousas was The Capital of Louisiana.” Civil War re-enactor and Confederate son John Reed discussed the capital’s move in 1862 after Baton Rouge fell to Union troops, but sadly sans uniform. “It’s down for repair,” said Reed. A wise decision since wool was hardly a choice that June afternoon. Enjoying the refreshments and the Louisiana history lesson were Ann Marie Hightower, Barbara de la Houssaye, Advocate fans Penny Langlinais and Walter Vincent, librarian Kathy Mulloy, new museum member Susan Stephan and her mother Beulah Stephan, Al Bethard, former legislator Raymond “LaLa” Lalonde, Betty Lowry and Deanie Chesson, who made the Old South benne cookies.

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Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.