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Opelousas buries time capsule to be opened in 2070

Posted at 2:36 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 23:26:28-05

The City of Opelousas is continuing its year-long tricentennial celebration with the burying of a new time capsule.

The capsule is filled with various objects, artifacts, and documents that chronicle life in the year 2020. It was buried at Opelousas City Hall Saturday, and it won't be seen again until the year 2070.

Saturday's celebration is just one of the events held this year for the city's tricentennial, or 300th anniversary. Earlier this year, a time capsule was unveiled from the year 1970, with artifacts including letters, a pamphlet from the Woman's Service League, handkerchiefs, and a compact mirror.

The letters from 1970 are yellowed and torn, but one dated June 12, 1970, reads in part, "When this is read many of us will no longer be...on Mother Earth. But we trust our organization and our city will have become more suitable and doubled in size. For those of us who are still enjoying our senior years in 2020, we would appreciate nothing more than a 300th anniversary celebration sponsored by the Jaycees of the greater Opelousas area." (The Jaycees were previously known as the Opelousas Junior Chamber of Commerce).

Artifacts from the time capsule have been on display as part of the celebration.

Residents filled the new time capsule with what they believe illustrates life in 2020 in hopes that those who open the capsule 50 years from now will get a better understanding of what life was like during an especially unique year.

Divine Nicholas, President of the Opelousas Alumni Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rose, said of the capsule, "For our children, our future, to see that we were committed to put something in there and that we thought of them. We always want to look at generations ahead, so it was awesome to be a part of this."

The tricentennial events will continue with a Peace Picnic on Sunday and more with dates yet to be determined. Anyone wishing to participate can do so in various ways, including submitting photos, recording interviews, or transcribing documents. You can find more information on the tricentennial here.

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