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Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco historical marker unveiled in New Iberia

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Posted at 8:30 PM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-13 00:02:43-04

Governor John Bel Edwards, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, and other state and local officials were in New Iberia Wednesday to honor former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.

A ceremony was held at Bouligny Plaza in downtown New Iberia to unveil Blanco's State Historical Marker, which is located on Main Street.

Louisiana's first female governor and a New Iberia native, Blanco died in 2019 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 76.

New Iberia mayor Freddie Decourt said the city is very proud to honor Blanco, someone who made an impact on so many.

"She made not only a huge difference, you can tell our community loved her. Not that she didn't make a difference across the state, it just shows how a local person from New Iberia, a woman, can make just such a huge impact for our community. But not only that, for our whole state," he said.

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