Jun 2, 2011 10:09 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Smithsonian 'Journey' At St. Martin Parish

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) - Quilts from St. Martin Parish are part of an exhibit using photographs, stories and artifacts to tell the tale of immigrants' arrival in the New World.
The collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is on display through July 8 at the Maison Duchamp, hosted by the Acadian Memorial Foundation.
It will also stop in Leesville, Denham Springs, Lake Providence, Longleaf, and St. Francisville.
Acadian Memorial curator Brenda Comeaux Trahan tells The Daily Iberian that the Maison Duchamp, where the exhibit is housed, was built by a man from France who settled in the area after military service.
The quilts include a 100-year-old cotton-spun quilt and a modern one incorporating symbols used by African slaves in their escape to freedom through the underground railroad.



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