The United Houma Nation has acquired $5,000 from an area enterprise proprietor to assist the tribe buy a historic former college constructing.
Kevin Sevin, co-owner of the Houma-based Just4Him Haircut franchise, made the donation Tuesday.
The Houma Nation plans to make use of the cash to purchase the previous Daigleville Faculty, which served Native American kids in Terrebonne Parish throughout an period of Jim Crow segregation. After desegregation in 1969, the varsity fell out of use till the tribe reached a lease settlement with the parish Faculty Board in 2015.
The board offered the constructing earlier this 12 months however rescinded the deal after the tribe protested. Officers plan to promote the property on the market once more quickly.
The tribe has launched a GoFundMe web page – gofundme.com/f/UnitedHoumaNation – to boost cash to purchase the constructing, at 8542 E. Foremost St. in Houma, which it hopes to show right into a museum, neighborhood middle and archives.
Alumni Lawrence Verdin, Marie Billiot, and Charlie Duthu have been in attendance on the United Houma Nation Administration Workplaces telling tales about their time on the college when Sevin arrived to current the test.
“To us, it feels actual good to obtain that,” Verdin stated. “It’s going to assist us out, each little bit.
Sevin stated he was motivated to donate after studying about the Houma Nation’s courtroom case in opposition to the Faculty Board and the tribe’s curiosity in preserving the constructing.
Houma Nation Chief August Creppel spoke with Sevin concerning the significance of with the ability to memorialize Daigleville college students’ experiences.
“With all the scholars now elders,” Creppel stated, “their story of not with the ability to graduate in Terrebonne Parish till 1964 is much more essential to inform.”