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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana March 2018 Issue

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine March 2018


The SWLA Alliance for Economic Development, in partnership with Louisiana Department of Economic Development, is offering its Small & Emerging Business Development Program (SEBD) for persons desiring to further develop their own business. Want to learn the truth about access to business capital for your business? Do you need managerial and technical assistance? SEBD Program offers at a reduced cost managerial & technical assistance to certified SEBD businesses. DiSC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. This can be within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position or other relationships. CLASS BEGINS SOON For program details and eligibilities contact: Adrian L. Wallace Executive Director SEED Center Business Incubator 433-0977 · 2 March 2018 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 8

editor’s By Brenda Hill Let’s Talk... The Voice of Southwest Louisiana is committed to positive information that educates, informs and empowers the community to make informed decisions. So...since I was contacted by concerned citizens about the recent unveiling of the Captain Daniel J. Goos statue in Goos Plaza next to the 911 Memorial, I prayed and asked for an answer. For information about Daniel J. Goos, visit Carnegie Library on Pujo Street, Lake Charles, La. Carnegie Library has compilations of information about Captain Daniel J. Goos’ German ancestry, birthdate and birth place, early work career as a child, marriage, children, industrious business leadership throughout Philadelphia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Atakapa Indians, slaves...{OOPS!!! Did I say slaves!} Let’s Talk... My great-grandfather lived, worked, died and was buried as a slave on a plantation in Alabama. His son, my grandfather was born as a slave, became a free man and then a Sharecropper on that same plantation. My father was born on that same plantation as a Sharecropper’s son. Unable to read or write, he ventured off to Louisiana and settled in Cameron Parish. Remember, 18th century colonial slavery in Louisiana was very different from the other colonies due to The Code Noir. Code Noir implied that Africans were humans endowed with a soul, forbade slave torture, separating married slaves or mother’s from their children. This combined with an earlier French system of Gen de Couleur Libres (free people of color born to white fathers and mixed race concubines) gave way to a high rate of exceptionally literate free Negroes that owned businesses and other slaves. My father met and married my mother, a Valedictorian from servitude ancestry and they became business owners. In 1964, they moved to North Lake Charles (known as Goosport), where my mother’s mother and other family settled after leaving Cameron. They reared a family of 11 children until the purchase of a second home in Central Lake Charles around 1974. Our family gatherings for birthdays, graduations, weddings, funerals, etc., in Alabama, had no conversations flowing about ancestral heritage from the older family members. Some of them did not even know their birthdate nor location of birth place. But we always made a “BIG” celebration of Father’s Day for my grandfather. Though we did not know his birthdate, we knew he was a father. hundred years after Captain Goos settled in North Lake Charles, (Goosport), I reaped the community planted in 1864, filled with faith, family, food and finance. A sentiment of mixed culture of White, Black, French, Italian, Spanish, Indian, German, etc. Streets such as Prater, Moeling, Katherine, Medora, Fitzenreiter, Goos Blvd., etc., were quiet and safe for young children to play and walk to school without harm. Yards had vegetable gardens, fruit trees, chickens, pigs, peacocks, horses, etc. Families celebrated history and shared ancestry at family gatherings. Neighbors shared fresh produce, swapped food items, looked out for each other and there was a father in every home. I understand why Captain Daniel J. Goos’ family wanted him honored. Children should honor their father and mother. Right? Yes!! Slavery is part of Louisiana’s history. Any ancestor considered to be erected on public properties for honor may likely have a history of slave ownership in their backgrounds. So...since we are such a mosaic culture of mixed race and mixed backgrounds here in Southwest Louisiana, I encourage our council members, development boards, mayors, families, etc., to start ‘the talk’ about race. Let SWLA live out the true sentiment of unity in spirit and truth that set us apart so long ago. Volume 5 • Number 8 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM March 2018 3

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