Clementine Hunter Day declared in Natchitoches for March 24

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Mayor Lee Posey notifies the public that the City of Natchitoches will declare Sunday, March 24 as “Clementine Hunter Day”per the request of the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

On Sunday, March 24, a locally produced filmed documentary, Clementine Hunter’s World will be screened in the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the National Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C., where the museum’s current exhibition is Clementine Hunter:  Life on Melrose Plantation.  Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker Art Shiver, along with local resident, Tom Whitehead.

The film combines vintage photographs with Clementine Hunter’s images to bring her story to life through a cinematic tour of the African House murals.  The film has won first place for short documentaries at film festivals in Lake Charles and in Kilgore, Texas.

he Clementine Hunter Collection gained international popularity when it was chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

Clementine Hunter is known on a local, state and national level.  Picking up her first brush in the late 1940s, Hunter painted thousands of images recalling her life on a 20thcentury plantation.  Hunter quietly painted depictions of plantation life in Melrose by the light of a kerosene lamp.  Hunter painted life as she knew it and in doing so left a visual diary of colorful tales of plantation life in the Cane River Country.

Clementine Hunter’s artist corner in her cabin

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (318) 352-2772.