Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:44 AM by Melissa Canone
For his work to promote Cajun culture in Texas, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Acadian Museum Café, 102 East Edwards, Erath, LA, at 4:00 p.m., the Acadian Museum will honor Clyde Vincent by inducting him into the Order of Living Legends.
Clyde Vincent, a self-effacing, unassuming Cajun has accomplished much for the Cajun culture and language in an area of East Texas, where Cajuns were once the object of scorn by the Dutch and attacked by the KKK. As president of Les Acadiens du Texas for 30 of its 32 year history, he has worked diligently for the promotion of Acadian culture.
A genealogist, friend of the late Father Donald J. Hebert, Cajun "ambassador" to Canada and France, Vincent was born in Port Neches, Texas on August 8, 1925 to Léonce Vincent and Della Broussard Vincent. This area was called Little Abbeville because most of its inhabitants were of Cajun descent and from the general area of Abbeville, Louisiana.
When Vincent was growing up in Texas there was much French spoken by the elderly around him so he was exposed to the Cajun language and culture. Although he was not encouraged to speak French, he did learn French before his parents became aware of it: as a young boy, he laughed at an off-color joke his dad was sharing with his mother so his parents knew at that moment that he understood the language.
His parents were born in Vermillion Parish near Maurice, Louisiana and after they left the area and moved to Texas during World War I, they kept close ties with relatives and annually returned to visit south Louisiana.