79-24-39 | Pilgrimage of Louisianians to Grand-Pré 1930
Pilgrimage of Louisianians to Grand-Pré 1930
Resin-coated paper - Gelatin silver process
28 x 78.6 cm
Gift of Alyre Breau
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
The 175th anniversary of the deportation of the Acadians, in 1930, was marked by a huge gathering at Grand Pré of Acadians from the Maritimes, Quebec and the United States. There was a religious ceremony and patriotic speeches were made by Acadian nationalist leaders.
Among the participants was a delegation of "Evangelines" from Louisiana led by Dudley LeBlanc, head of the Association des Acadiens de la Louisiane. Each woman wore a sash identifying the parish that she represented.
"The goal of this pilgrimage [. . .] is to bring together our Acadians from Louisiana and those of the land of their ancestors; to allow them to get to know each other; to create new interest in their glorious history, and especially the Grand Dérangement [expulsion] that inspired our greatest poet (Longfellow) to immortalize this small people that does not wish to die out."*
This group is the first official delegation from Louisiana to Acadia.
*From a letter from Monsignor Jeanmard of Lafayette diocese, reproduced in Le document, no. 6, November 1931, a publication of the Montreal daily Le Devoir.
This photograph shows the delegation of Louisiana Evangelines on their way to Grand Pré to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the deportation of the Acadians.
The group had its picture taken in front of the White House in Washington, DC.
The picture was taken on August 16, 1930.
The group was photographed with U.S. president Herbert Hoover and his wife. Standing to their left is Dudley LeBlanc, who became a senator in 1940.