The Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville is making its triumphant return after being closed for 8 months following the historic flood in August.
“It’s emotional.” said Museum Curator, Elaine Clement as the city cut the ribbon to reopen the building.
She and Mayor Thomas Nelson recalled when the memorial had more than a foot of water.
“It was just of total disbelief that the bayou doubled in size within a couple of hours.” said Clement.
“I was kind of heartbroken to see people coming at the door, there was a sign but they were looking around not knowing where to go.” said Mayor Nelson.
But thanks to FEMA and several months of hard work, the memorial has reopened.
“All of these museums, the Acadian Memorial and the African American Museum are something that’s near and dear to our heart. It’s tells our history. It’s something emotional for people. People are invested in this museum.” said Clement.
“It brings a lot of people from all over the country and from France and all over the world.” Mayor Nelson added.
And its ready to tell the story of the Acadians who came in Louisiana in the 1700s after being exiled from Nova Scotia.
“The community in a larger sense feels like they own this that it’s their memorial and so we want to encourage people. It’s still your memorial and it’s open again and we would love to have you come and visit.” said Clement.
The African American Heritage Museum which was also closed because of the flood is expected to open in another two months.