Cuban Acadiana explores the exiles who made their home in Louisiana
Cuban exiles who escaped Castro communism located in Acadiana during the 1960s to begin a new life. Many of these exiles were sugar technologists who worked in area sugar mills. In 1965, some of these new residents of Acadiana formed the international organization, the Caribbean-American Freedom League in Jeanerette.
Journalist Trent Angers, who was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature, will lead a discussion of the life and times of the people of Cuba who located in Louisiana and continued to fight for freedom at 6 p.m. on November 8 at the Jeanerette Museum located at 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette.
Angers has authored countless published news and feature stories, as well as six books, in a writing and editing career that has spanned five decades. His news and feature stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, both national and regional.
His nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature was based on his writings about Hugh Thompson, the U.S. Army helicopter pilot who is credited with stopping the infamous My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War.
Angers is a second-generation journalist, having grown up in the newspaper business. He worked for the Franklin, Louisiana, Banner-Tribune, which was owned and operated by his father, the late Robert J. Angers Jr. For 36 years Angers was editor and publisher of Acadiana Profile magazine based in Lafayette.
This history talk is being held free of charge and is suitable for an adult audience. Seating may be limited and taken on a first come, first serve basis. For more information visit www.jeanerettemuseum.com or email [email protected], like the museum on Facebook or call the museum at 337-276-4408 Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.