Monuments in Eunice, LA

Monuments in Eunice, LA
Eunice, Louisiana, is a small city on the boundaries of Acadia, Evangeline and St. Landry parishes in the heart of Cajun country. The city is famous for its traditional Cajun music, which led the city to found the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The city is known for hosting one of the largest Courir de Mardi Gras, or traditional rural Mardi Gras celebrations, in the country.

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Reserve

In 1985 the city of Eunice, in cooperation with the National Parks Service, founded the Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. The Center details the role of Cajun culture in local history, while educating the public through workshops, extensive exhibitions and "hands-on" demonstrations of Cajun crafts and music. Cajun history, language, music, architecture and food ways are celebrated and preserved for future generations within the walls of this historic monument.

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Reserve
250 West Park Avenue
Eunice, LA
337-457-8499
nps.gov

Liberty Theatre and Center for the Performing Arts

Built in 1924, the Liberty Theatre was the principal entertainment venue in the Eunice area for decades until eventually falling into disrepair. Restored in the 1980s after a massive community effort, the theater is now home to the Liberty Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts a weekly radio and TV program showcasing Zydeco and Cajun musicians from around the area. The theater has been listed in the National Historic Record due to its regional and national significance.

Liberty Theatre and Center for the Performing Arts
200 West Park Avenue
Eunice, LA
337-457-7389
eunice-la.com

The Eunice Depot Museum

The Eunice Depot Museum is the site where the founding father of the city, Cornelius C. Duson, bought his first plot of land, naming it after his wife, Eunice. Considered to the the birth place of the city, the former train depot has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the home of a Cajun cultural museum with an extensive collection of traditional farming implements, musical instruments, railroad artifacts and much more. The museum has a gift shop selling Cajun music recordings, locally made Cajun crafts and souvenirs.

The Eunice Depot Museum
220 C.C. Duson Drive
Eunice, LA
337-457-6540
eunice-la.com

Article Written By Michael Degnan

Michael Degnan is a Central California-based writer with a passion for all forms of human technology, from food production to the newest gadgetry. He spent three years writing tech reviews for CNET, as well as having written articles for several nonprofit organizations dealing with indigenous rights. He holds degrees in cinema studies and cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University.

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