PB2-89 | Acadian delegates to the Great Convention of 1880 in Quebec City
Acadian delegates to the Great Convention of 1880 in Quebec City
1880, 19th century
30.2 x 20.2 cm
Gift of Henri P. LeBlanc
This artefact belongs to: © Centre d'études acadiennes
Keys to History
An Acadian delegation was invited to the 1880 convention of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Quebec City. Pierre-Amand Landry, Valentin Landry, Pascal Poirier, Joseph-Octave Arsenault and Ferdinand Robidoux were among the delegates.
They decided not to join the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the next year, in 1881, organized the first Acadian national convention, in Memramcook, NB. It was then that the delegates adopted August 15, the feast of the Assumption, as the Acadian national holiday.
The Quebec City meeting of 1880 led to the creation of the Société nationale l'Assomption.
There were 44 Acadian delegates at the Quebec convention.
The delegates were from the Maritime provinces and other parts of North America.
At this meeting, the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste made a vibrant appeal to Acadians in its manifesto: "You shall come, too, brave and loyal Acadians, an indomitable race that neither war nor banishment has suppressed nor destroyed, a branch full of sap, torn violently from a great tree, but that has been reborn and is flourishing in the sun of freedom . . ."
The Acadian delegation was led by Pierre-Amand Landry, the first Acadian lawyer and judge (second row, third from the left).