Acadiana Historical

A project by Robert Carriker

Acadiana Historical is an initiative of the Public History Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to tell the stories that define our region's unique culture and history. While South Louisiana is recognized, in part, for its French Acadian/Cajun heritage this project seeks to bring a comprehensive view of the region's diverse history to a broad public audience and through an engaging geographical interface.

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Recent Stories

Solomon Northup often mentioned a neighbor of Epps, Thomas Douglas Marshall. Northup ran errands to the plantation and would play his violin at parties held on the place. He related a story about…

Solomon Northup described his ineptitude at picking cotton and how this led to Epps hiring him out to work on various sugar plantations. Epps received $1 a day for Northup's labor. "Cutting cane was…

After the fight with Tibeats that could have cost Northup his life, he was rented out to a man he refers to simply as Mr. Eldret. For six weeks Northup worked clearing land and building a cabin for…