World War I Memorial at LSU
On Friday, November 22nd, at 2pm the Pointe Coupée Historical corrected a decades old omission. In 1928 when the State Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the bronze tablets listing the names of World War I casualties by parish in LSU’s War Memorial Tower, Pointe Coupée Parish was left off. Thanks to the tenacious research of PCHS Vice President, Stafford Chenevert, who has compiled the list of names from VA and other military records, church records, and newspapers, this oversight will be rectified. In his research, Stafford discovered that the names of African-Americans who died during WWI were also omitted from the list. Pointe Coupée is the first parish to honor all of her fallen soldiers regardless of race. Below is the list of names on a temporary plaque in the rotunda until the upcoming Tower renovations incorporate a permanent list:
Clifton Earl Bourgeois
Leo Louis Brozzo
John Baptiste Bueche
Alden Salvo Cook
Alfred Joseph Dayries, Jr.
Joseph Wilfred Derozin
John Pierre Girior
Peter Jackson, Jr.
Hewitt Charles Jewell
Victor LeCoq, Jr.
John Stanley LeJeune
Joseph Hermogene Parker
James A. Pierre
Leo Joseph Pourciau
George T. Sellars
Joseph Calmes St.Romain
Lynn F. Stonaker
Fagan Thomas, Jr.
We are grateful to Stafford for his tireless work on this project and encourage other parishes to acknowledge ALL men who died during their service of our nation.
Donate to the Plantevigne Memorial
The Plantevigne Memorial Committee recently placed granite obelisk to mark the gravesite of Professor L.A. Plantevigne at Zion Travelers Baptist Church on False River. Plans are also being made to establish a scholarship in Professor Plantevigne’s name to assist a Pointe Coupee student attending Xavier University in New Orleans
Petrus Laforest Albert Plantevigne, also known as L.A. Planving, was born in 1869 on the Lower Chenal in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. He was a graduate of Straight University in New Orleans, a member of the American Missionary Association, and an ordained minister of the Congregationalist Church. In 1898, he purchased a lot on the bank of False River and in 1900 established thereupon the Pointe Coupee Industrial and High School, Louisiana’s first-known rural high school for African-Americans. Attendance had grown to more than 200 pupils in 1903 when Plantevigne was ambushed and killed by persons who were neither identified nor apprehended by authorities. He was buried next to the school he had lovingly and courageously founded. The school, used as a residence in later years, was dismantled in the 20th century. Zion Travelers Baptist Church stands on the site today. (Source: Costello 2010)
The historical society’s objective in placing a fine marker at Professor Plantevigne’s grave is to honor the memory of our dedicated local education pioneer and to carry his mission to improve educational opportunities for Pointe Coupee children and young people into the 21st century.
Committee Chairman: Stafford Chenevert
Committee Members: Angélique Bergeron, Phil Boudreaux, Rena Ramsey Caldwell, Dianne Gaines, Randy Harelson, Rose Jackson, Dorothy Joseph, Gloria Myer, and Russell Polar
Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to
The Pointe Coupee Historical Society
P.O. Box 462, New Roads, LA 70760
Please make checks to “PCHS” and write “Plantevigne Memorial” in the memo line