The public is invited to a dedication ceremony for two new historical markers at Fontainebleau State Park on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. The history of enslaved individuals and indigenous cultures was researched and documented as the Eagle Scout project of 16-year-old Jackson Cantrell, a resident of Mandeville, LA and member of BSA Scout Troop 119 of the Nashoba District, Istrouma Area Council.
The unveiling of the commemorative markers is in recognition of lesser known figures who played key roles in Louisiana’s past. Two plaques will highlight the historical significance of enslaved families who were quartered at the Fontainebleau Plantation during the 1800s and also the native people who have populated this area for thousands of years.
Fontainebleau State Park is the type site for the prehistoric Tchefuncte Culture and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. With the addition of these two new historic markers located at the alley of oaks and at the southern hiking trailhead, the park continues to provide educational and enriching opportunities to discover, explore, and share stories about Louisiana’s rich history and its natural environment.
All are welcome to attend the ceremony at the alley of oaks, across from the ruins of the old sugar mill and Visitor Center. Entrance to the park is at 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70471, three miles east of Mandeville. Jackson’s research is summarized in a report available for review at the park’s Visitor Center along with corresponding archeological specimens and historic photos.
For information on Fontainebleau State Park’s historical markers or the unveiling ceremony, contact Fouad Harb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 985-624-4640. For information on the research project, email L.A. Cantrell at email@example.com or dial 504-495-9783.
PHOTOS: L.A. Cantrell and LouisianaNorthshore.com