Louisiana Society Daughters of American Colonists replace bronze plaque at Oakland Plantation

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LSDAC representatives Elizabeth Sewell and Patricia Gallagher hold the new bronze plaque in front of the previous standing plaque.

By Hannah Richardson, lifestyleeditor@natchitochestimes.com

When word came around that the bronze marker at Oakland Plantation required a replacement, the Louisiana Society Daughters of American Colonists (LSDAC) were more than happy to help out. The bronze plaque was placed by the Daughters of the American Colonists in 1979 and has been rendered nearly illegible from being in the outdoor elements over the decades.

“We are hopeful that this replacement will be in place for generations to come as the bronze material is thicker and the lettering is etched rather than engraved,” said Elizabeth Sewell, State Regent for the LSDAC. Sewell and State Chaplain Patricia Gallagher visited the Main House exhibit at Oakland with CRCNHP Chief of Resource Management Dustin Fuqua Wednesday, Sept. 2 to view the new plaque. The original marker will be preserved in the park’s museum collection and the new one will be installed following the park’s recovery from Hurricane Laura. Park intern Nicole Zamora-Wilson transcribed the text and recorded dimensions of the original plaque for its reproduction in bronze. The plaque reads:

“Oakland Plantation

Built by

 Pierre Emmanuel Prud’homme

1821

Occupied Since, By Decendants

Marked By

Fort St. Jean Baptiste Chapter

Daughters of the American Colonists”

The group’s visit was limited due to hurricane damages, but the LSDAC representative tours the historic landmark, with special attention to additional well-preserved historic structures including the slave/tenant farmer cabins, overseer’s house and the cultural landscape.

The LSDAC representative also visited Los Adaes and the American Cemetery Thursday, Sept. 3. The LSDAC wants to replace the flags at Los Adaes and help Payne Williams and the American Cemetery with their restoration efforts. Their goal is to garner public attention through heritage and genealogy groups. “Natchitoches citizens ‘get it,’” said Sewell. “Now our job is to make sure others ‘get it.”

See a follow-up article in today’s edition of the Times!