- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Orleans will not be ringing in its tricentennial quietly. The city famous for its Mardi Gras parties, hurricane rum drinks and nightly bacchanal has a year of events planned to mark the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1718 by French explorers.

As important to the Big Easy’s history has been the influence of the Catholic Church. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the St. Louis Cathedral Church, which served as the missionary center of Catholicism from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes (Detroit was also a French settlement) and within the Mississippi Valley.

An exhibit is now open called “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans,” and will run through June 30. 

Showcasing the influence of French and Spanish Catholicism, Louisiana today is broken up into “parishes” rather than counties — the only state so segmented. 

Other exhibitions will center on the influence of women in New Orleans and Louisiana life, including their contributions to jazz, cuisine and politics.

Democrat LaToya Cantrell was elected Saturday as the first female mayor of the city. 

“Almost 300 years, my friends. And New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Ms. Cantrell said in her victory speech, according to Politico. 

 

 

 

 


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide