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Funeral services set for Opelousas' first black mayor John W Joseph

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Courtesy of Williams Funeral Home, Inc. / Alvin A Haynes II Courtesy of Williams Funeral Home, Inc. / Alvin A Haynes II

Funeral services have been set for Opelousas' first black mayor John W. Joseph. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11 at Progressive Baptist Church in Lafayette. Joseph passed away on Friday, November 3 at the age of 84. He will be laid to rest at Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas.

Joseph was elected in 1984 and made history, becoming Opelousas' first black mayor. Serving the city for 7 years, Joseph made improvements by creating the city's first government committees and transferring the city's electric to Cleco. Joseph also was instrumental in founding the City of Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center.

Read Joseph's full obituary here

KATC's Josh Meny spokes with those who remember Mayor Joseph and his many accomplishments. Read that story here.

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