Speaker to discuss Opelousas history
John Reed will discuss “Opelousas the Capital and the 27th Legislature of the State of Louisiana” Saturday at the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States.
The lecture will cover Gov. Thomas O. Moore’s more famous addresses to the people of Louisiana and his leadership role as Louisiana’s “Civil War Governor.” Reed will also review some of the acts passed by the 27th Louisiana Legislature between May 1862 and January 1863, when the lawmakers met in Opelousas. The lecturer will also address the Governor’s Mansion, which is the A.C. Homere Mouton home, which is still standing in Opelousas. Civil War Acts passed by 27th Legislature from 1861 to 1863 in both Baton Rouge and Shreveport will also be included in Reed’s presentation.
Reed is the owner of Compliance Services Inc. in Eunice. A graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he is a former teacher and farmer and is affiliated with several heritage and historical organizations including membership in the Brigadier General J.J. Alfred A Mouton Camp 778 Sons of Confederate Veterans. In his spare time, Reed is a Civil War re-enactor in the Pelican Artillery. He has presented artillery demonstrations at the Shadows-on-the Teche, Vicksburg, Chretien Point Plantation, and the State Commemorative areas at Port Hudson and Plaquemine locks.
He has contributed numerous articles on the Civil War in St Landry Parish to local newspapers. Reed’s presentations of Civil War programs to schools, civic clubs and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps are numerous.
The lecture will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Young-Sanders Center located at 703 Teche Drive in Franklin.
The lecture is open to the public with no admission fee. Refreshments will be served. For further information call us at 337- 413-1861.