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Members: Another quick reminder to send in your 2014 LA Creole Membership Dues.
The membership drive is in full swing. Should you have any questions you can contact the membership chairperson Wanda Ripoll at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Announcement: An invitation to the presentation and installation of the portrait of the late New Orleans civil rights attorney, Alexander Pierre “A.P.” Tureaud, Sr., which will be held:

Thursday, March 13th

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Louisiana Supreme Court

400 Royal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana

The portrait was painted by Haitian artist and New Orleans resident Ulrick Jean-Pierre.


Member in the News

Member, Fatima Shaik, is included in a new anthology called  N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature published by Lavendar Ink publishers in December 2014. It includes Les Cenelles, Tom Dent and others.

Here is a photo of Fatima Shaik speaking at the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts in January 16, 2014. (second from the left)

Dear LA Creole Members,

We have ended the 2014 election for members seeking a seat on the Board of Directors.
For the first time in LA Creole’s history, we had a tie and had to hold a runoff election. Janice Smith won the tie breaker. We congratulate Janice Smith but we also give thanks to Givonna Joseph for participating. Elizabeth Moore Rhodes is also a newly elected member to the Board of Directors.

A.P. Tureaud and Patricia Schexnayder have been re-elected for their second term. Gwendolyn Bordenave, Dr. Ronald Dorris, and Hilda Young will continue to serve.

We applaud and thank these individuals who are willing to assist LA Creole in making it one of the best organizations in Creole History and Genealogy. However, I can’t forget to thank the Nominating Committee, which consisted of Ingrid Stanley and Patricia Duroncelet Ralph. Thank you, Ladies!


Community Events







Saturday, April 5, 2014


2 to 4 pm


The Historic New Orleans Collection


533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA




A short presentation by the author

will begin at 2:15 pm.


Free and open to the public

Inspired by the journey of author Eva Augustin Rumpf’s French ancestors, In Liberty’s Name is a story of conflict, passion, love, faith, and the search for meaning in an age of monarchs, slavery and revolution.


“By placing her ancestors among thousands of other refugees of the French and Haitian revolutions, Rumpf plunges her readers into the turmoil of this seminal period of Atlantic world history. The tale is a breathtaking story of historical importance.”

--Nathalie Dessens, author of From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans: Migration and Influences

“In Liberty’s Name shines a personal light on a crucial and complex era in the history of the French West Indies and its little-known, underestimated impact on the young United States.

--Augusta Elmwood, Director, Saint-Domingue Special Interest Group, Jefferson Genealogical Society, New Orleans, LA

“…engrossing and well-researched.”

--Mary Gehman, President, Margaret Media, Inc., Donaldsonville, LA

“An historical novel with immediacy and impact”

--Thomas Bonner, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Xavier University of Louisiana



Knox Robinson Publishing





Note: A few of our LA Creole Members will be featured in a broadcast on a French TV Show!

Please take a moment to watch the preview.


Great news! French TV show, Le Grand Tour, that Aria and I were filming this past fall, will be broadcast the 19th of February in France.

I am getting a DVD copy, but perhaps you can watch it online on the website of the TV channel "France 3" after broadcasting for  a week.
I will also check to see if the French channel on Cox will show it.
Here is the teaser: