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Researcher trying to find descendants of Sacred Heart slaves

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A researcher is looking for descendants of the people who were enslaved at Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau between 1821 and 1865, and she's scheduled to talk about it at an event tonight.

Maureen Chicoine has a background in history and genealogy, and has been working on the project for some time, according to a Facebook post about the event. 

Chicoine will be giving a presentation on her research today at 7 p.m. at Chicory's Coffee and Cafe on East Martin Luther King Drive in Grand Coteau. The public is invited to attend.

The Facebook post says that the Society of the Sacred Heart formed a committee to study the history of enslaved persons at the Society's southern houses as part of its bicentennial celebration. 

"During bicentennial in 2018 the Society plans to issue a statement recognizing their participation in the evil of slavery, hopes to recognize those enslaved persons whose identities we know, and to find living descendants of three families who lived there," the post states.

Although there were many other first names of men, women and children the families found in the research whose surnames were identified are: Frank Hawkins and Jenny (Jane) Eaglin Martin, their sons Frank, Ben, James, John and their spouses and children; Wilson Jacobs and Marie Louise Philips and their children Firmin and Clara Eaglin Senegal and their spouses and children. Other surnames such as Chenier, Doyle, Eaglin, Gilbeau, Litell, Marlborough, McCarty, Meche, ,Milton, Minix, Payne, Senegal, Stelly, Thomas and Woods are being researched for descendants of daughters of Hawkins and Jacobs families. Descendants of these families have been located locally as well as in other parts of Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and California.

For more information about tonight's event, you can visit the Facebook page here

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