Adrienne LaCour - Four Corners Series


Size:14 interviews on 16 recordings

Time period covered: 1920 - 1993

Dates of interviews: 1993

Principle Interviewers: Adrienne LaCour

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Audio Availability: MP3

Processing Status: 85% of interviews are cataloged (12 of 14)

Access Restrictions: See individual abstracts

Description: Interviews for this series were conducted by Adrienne LaCour as part of the research for her MA thesis in landscape architecture at LSU. Interviews focused on the experience of both blacks and whites on sugarcane farms at Four Corners, an unincorporated community south of Franklin, Louisiana, and near New Iberia, Louisiana. LaCour was interested in land use patterns and community history in the predominately African-American community of Four Corners.

The topics of the interviews include life of workers on plantations, recollections of grandparents who were slaves, growing and processing of sugar cane, foods grown for self-subsistence, and horse and buggy transportation. Interviewees discuss South Coast and other plantations of the Four Corners area, plantation stores and debt peonage, recreational activities including gambling and baseball, Sunday visiting, and dancing. Other topics include the impact of World War Two, various religious beliefs, burial and birth traditions, and natural remedies for childhood illnesses.

Interview Abstracts

Elnora Robinson Colbert

Louis Comeaux

Joseph Davis

Stanley Gootee

Betty Hines

Moses Hines & Charlotte Hines Alfred

Willie Jackson

Shirley & Reed Landry

Irma Polidore Lewis

Noland Lockett

Leonard Martin

Shirley McLean

Emma Dell Peters

Faren Serrette

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