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
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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.

  • What

    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.

  • Where

    The group had its picture taken in front of the White House in Washington, DC.

  • When

    The picture was taken on August 16, 1930.

  • Who

    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.