Good Earth Gumbo: A Blending of Cultures (Part 1)

A Gumbo of People and Cultures

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 6:00 PM
Terrebonne Parish Main Library
151 Library Drive, Houma LA

The Finding Our Roots African American Museum (FORAAM) will take part in the Terrebonne Parish 200 Year Celebration on Life and Culture. This event will have an amazing exhibit and slideshow entitled “We Are Terrebonne”. The exhibit tells the story of those who once worked, lived, strived and raised their families in this wonderful place we call home as well as highlight cultural occurrences in our parish over the past 200 years. The presentation will celebrate those who stayed and those who went on to become world-renowned doctors, musicians, lawyers, preachers, teachers, and artists. We are very excited to announce that descendants of James Cage, Sally Hemmings, Thomas Jefferson and Frederick Douglass will be present to meet, greet and celebrate with us.

We will proudly showcase our local artists, musicians, recipes, medicine, and midwives of the past and present and our ongoing way of life. Several families will be present to teach as well as learn of their descendants and the stories that have yet to be told. Families will be reunited, and a particular family that was separated at birth will be presented with a rare picture of the former midwife that helped in the birthing of many who were born on the bayous of Terrebonne. We will also present the family history of the Spelling Bee Champ Zailia Avant-garde and her connection to Terrebonne Parish. In addition, we will cheerfully welcome all from the surrounding parishes to come and join us as we celebrate the Terrebonne (Good Earth) Parish Bicentennial.

Schedule of events:

  • 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet and greet descendants of Frederick Douglass, Sally Hemmings, Thomas Jefferson, and James Cage
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. St. Luke and St. Lucy Gospel Choir
  • 5 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. 3M Dance Academy
  • 5:20 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mr. Kenneth B. Morris (great-great-great granson of Frederick Douglass)
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Finding Our Roots presents Terrebonne 200 with:
    • Margie Scoby
    • Susan Kenny
    • Kervin Voisin & Margaret Hebert of Bayou Cajun Chapter of CFMA
    • Christine Streams
    • Sharron Lanier (great-greatx6 of Thomas Jefferson)

Acknowledgments and Special Thanks

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Parish President Gordon E. Dove
Terrebonne 200 Committee
Christopher Pulaski, Chairman
Terrebonne Parish Library
Mary LeBoeuf, Director
Rachel LeCompte, Reference Supervisor
Gina Domangue, Main Library Manager
Christopher E. Cenac, Sr. M.D., F.A.C.S.
GIS Engineering
Oneil Malbrough
Trey Middleton
Mike Cortez
Terrebonne General Health System
Synergy Bank
South Louisiana Bank
All South Engineering
T. Baker Smith
Vincent Dagate Law Firm
HTV Productions
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Information Technology Division
Presenters and Hosts
Father Daniel Duplantis, Deidre Greenleaf, Margaret Hebert,
Susan Kenny, Shannon LaNier, Lionel Ruffin, Christina
Streams, and Kervin Voisin
Other Contributors
Big Mike’s Bar-B-Que, Caro’s Cakes, Howard Cascade, Barbara
Chapman, Sandra Boudreaux Clement, Gary Cox, Melody
George, Ingrid Green, Dr. Mike Grisham, Tonya S. Harris, Akira
H. Mart, Gail Moore, Cynthia Norman, Stephanie Nguyen,
Roxanne Reed, Kathy Rhodes, Curtis Robinson, Jessica
Rosado, Donald Rouse, Dontrell Scoby, Pastor Tom Scoby,
Kezia Setyawan, Darlene and Jonny Soulet, Carlton Stadium,
Anna Voisin, Nick Ward, Troy Welch, Gloria Williams, Cherry
and Sherry Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Tara Wolfe, Aiden
Woodfork, and Dr. Elena Woodfork