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• "Where's Gus?" • New Kiwanis Leader Patrice Cusimano • Willie's Woodwork
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COVER STORY: FROM SLAVERY TO LEADER "WHERE'S GUS?" PARISH PRIDE - P.16
REV. RAYMOND A. SMITH, PASTOR OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VERRETT, HOLDS A PICTURE OF GREAT-GRANDFATHER ELDER SAM SMITH SR., CHURCH FOUNDER AND POLITICIAN. CHURCH CELEBRATES ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY IN JANUARY.
P. 31-35 UNTOLD STORY OF SAM SMITH
P. 8 PUBLISHER'S PEN: JACKSON'S UNITED FORCES P. 10 PASTOR: A LIVELY HOPE P. 11 BALANCING ACT - AFTER SCHOOL BALLET
P. 36 CURTIS MOORE - RAGS TO RICHES
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WILLIE'S WOODWORK SHOP SMALL GIFTS FOR HIM GIFTS FOR HER GIFTS FOR KIDS
P. 51 MS. BETTY'S BUSINESS
P. 54 HOLIDAY PICTURE FRAME
P. 12 CURE FOR HOLIDAY BLUES P. 15 DON PINNED VIRUS 'HERO' P. 18 ARTIST SHOWCASE
P. 48 RECIPE: BEEF WELLINGTON
P. 59 FACES OF THE PARISH
P. 40 PATRICE LEADS KIWANIS P. 42 COMMUNITY CENTER FILLS VOID P. 44 SMOOTHIE KING GROWS
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BATTLE MIXED ALL RACES
TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT
’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: St. Bernard is the most unique county (parish) in the country. No municipality can top our gumbo/caldo mixture of people, places, and cultures that played a major role in shaping local, state, national, and world affairs. No role is bigger than our beloved home turf as star of America’s greatest victory: the Battle of New Orleans. Beginning in December 1814 and ending in January 1815, American and British forces fought from St. Bernard bayous to riverfront plantations before ending at the Chalmette Battlefield. The iconic victory over the British launched America as a global power and allowed the United States to expand westward. “The campaign christened America as a ‘great’ nation in the eyes of its citizens (and world leaders),” according to the Library of Congress. “It assembled the country’s first racially and culturally integrated army and helped modernize naval warfare.” Talk about National Pride! Kudos to General Andrew Jackson, who organized and led the diverse army. It was composed of a rag-tag militia of local volunteer regiments, enslaved and free people of color, Choctaw Indians, Isleños, businessmen, farmers, pirates, hillbillies, and tactically trained military units. Even though they were greatly outnumbered, these U.S. forces caused 2,000 British casualties (including General Edward Packenham), while losing only a few American fighters. The fierce battle was won in less than 2 hours on the sprawling plantation of Ignace de Lino Chalmet. The battle’s January 8 anniversary should be the most celebrated day in the Parish! “The Eighth” did become a federal holiday in 1828, after Jackson’s election as president, and continued to be until the start of the Civil War. It was the country’s biggest national celebration, bypassing Independence Day.
Masses Flock to Monument! During the 1915 dedication of the Chalmette Battlefield Monument, Elder Samuel Smith Sr., a former slave who’d become a St. Bernard Parish political leader, delivered the invocation, honoring Jackson and his multicultural army (Smith’s life story, P. 31). “A crowd, estimated at more than 14,000 persons, massed on the Chalmette field to witness the events,” reports the Times-Picayune on January 9, 1915. “Every transportation medium — boat, train and streetcar — was taxed to the utmost capacity by the crowd, and there were hundreds left behind.” For many years, St.Bernard Parish Government and School Board, Nunez Community College, the U.S. National Park Service, and various historical groups have conducted re-enactments, seminars, memorials, and celebrations. Many locals who have participated are direct descendants of those who fought in this final major battle of the War of 1812. With COVID-19 restrictions, activities marking the 206th anniversary in January are pending. But wherever you are on January 8, take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to the men of all races and backgrounds who served together to defend our homeland and grow our country. General Jackson’s historic mixture of cultures changed worldwide geopolitics. The battle united all Americans in a common cause: national pride. That’s cause for us to still celebrate! I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: We live in the most unique county (parish) in the country -- BAR NONE! EMAIL COMMENTS: email@example.com ADVERTISE: 504-609-7509 SPRING ISSUE DEADLINE: January 15, 2021
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ou're in the thick of trouble, double trouble, and you know it! And you're worrying and you're wondering IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR ME? The Answer is ... YES. Hope is the confident expectation that somehow God is going to work things out. It is that sense of certainty that somehow everything's going to be OK. Hopeless situations fill our heads with FALSE PERCEPTIONS about God, about Ourselves, and about Life. Turn your Worries into Wonder. Turn your Anxiety into Awe. Bring your Crisis to Christ. Christ will give you “a lively hope" – the confident expectation that somehow God is going to work
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things out for your good (Romans 8:28). This "lively hope" gives us that sense of certainty that somehow everything's going to be OK....and it will be, through Christ! Many people struggle to move forward in life. At some point they seem to make forward progress, then, inexplicably, the long arm of the past grabs them and pulls them backward. They’re suddenly overwhelmed and stymied by feelings of embarrassment. Deep feelings of guilt, shame, regret, and more stubbornly appear. These dark feelings rush to the surface – people are snared, trapped, shattered – and stuck. Into our Shattered World, Jesus “restores” our Hope! I was going to close by saying, "Trust me!" But don't trust me – Trust Christ!
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Madyson Harris, of Violet has been a member of the dance program for 4 years. Madyson Harris, a 10-year-old dancer and 4-year member of the program, and her mother, Kimberly Egana, vouched for the lessons that she has learned. “The program really has helped her develop a sense of hard work and commitment to her passions,” Egana said.
St. Bernard After-School Program NOBA, Chalmette Refining, and the St. Bernard Parish School Board have partnered since 1995 to offer tuition-free ballet classes for St. Bernard Parish youth, ages 6-18. Ballet classes are open to boys and girls who have expressed an interest in dance. This program offers two culminating Open House performances by the students, plus family field trip opportunities and other community performance opportunities. There is also a mirror program, sponsored by Chalmette Refining since 2006, at the NORD Cut-Off Rec Center in Algiers. St. Bernard After-School Program
COVID-19 REMEDY FOR “HOLIDAY BLUES:”
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CLOSER THAN EVER! A native of St. Bernard Parish, Cisco Gonzales Jr. is a Clinical Mental Health Counselorin-Training and Master’s student at the University of New Orleans. With interests in Family Counseling & Addictions, his research explores educators’ empathy towards mental illness and its effects on academics, with the ultimate goal of using psychoeducation as a tool to end the stigma attached to mental health issues.
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OVID-19 has created many “what ifs” and uncertainties in many lives. With no vaccine or cure in sight, mental illnesses are on the rise. The nation’s suicide rate, which reached an all-time high prior to the pandemic, is steadly increasing due to economic and social pressures triggered by the outbreak, says the Center for Disease Control. No one knows the cure. However, there is a remedy: Family & Friends. In a survey released to my Facebook friends, respondents were asked a series of questions pertaining to COVID-19 and their mental health. The results were astonishing — 57 percent of the respondents say they’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression. During the first months of COVID-19, March through May (Phase 1), respondents reported that their anxiety and depression was experienced mainly as panic attacks, loss of interest in
6 FEET APART BUT CISCO’S MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY 57% Report Diagnosis of Anxiety and/or Depression #1 Coping Mechanism - Interacting with Family/Friends Counselor’s Call to Action - Reach Out for Help freedom, worrying more, and trouble sleeping. Those symptoms may not be shocking because many experienced them even without an official diagnosis. What was the most shocking was the results of how individuals coped with their anxiety and depression. The #1 coping mechanism was talking with or seeing family and friends. Other ways of coping were working out, taking prescription medication as prescribed, therapy, and prayer. During a time of a global pandemic, when families and friends are physically separated, individuals are still able to cope using their support system, whether virtual or in-person. Even though families and friends are isolated to their homes, immediate families, etc., they are still closer than ever.
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New Moves for Holiday Cheer The majority of survey respondents believe that COVID-19 may trigger “Holiday Blues” for them in two ways: • Being Away from Family (physically) • Worrying about Spreading the Virus to Family (if celebrating in-person)
If family and friends are the remedy to COVID-19related mental health issues, how can we safely be together and enjoy the holiday seasons when our anxiety and depression already typically seem to increase? Here’s how: 1. If you are afraid of increasing the spread, but want to see or be with family, take precautions: • Stay at home and have a virtual event • Wear a mask if you are inside with everyone • Host your event outside with the proper social-distance guidelines • Limit the number of people at your event, if possible • Check everyone’s temperature for fever • If anyone feels sick, have him/her stay at home 2. If you choose to stay at home, try to create your own “COVID-Tradition”: • Give food and essentials to homeless or battered women’s shelters • Host a virtual holiday party • Cook a traditional holiday meal • Watch your favorite holiday movies • Decorate your home Just remember ... If there is one thing that I learned from this COVID-19 survey, it is the key remedy for holiday blues and COVIDrelated anxiety and depression is to reach out to others for help. Whether it’s a family member, friend, counselor, pastor, or some other person you trust, reach out! Don’t forget: We are all experiencing this pandemic together – just in different ways.
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By Barry Lemoine
Helping People & Keeping History Alive Barry Lemoine is an award-winning writer and educator. His commitment and passion for the Parish and its performing arts has earned him the moniker of “The Bard of St. Bernard.”
id you ever have lunch with a library? That’s how it feels talking to Gus Riess, a lifelong St. Bernard resident and an iconic presence in the community. His parish roots run deep. Born in 1939, Gus spent much of his childhood working on the family farm, packing and nailing shut 30 pound boxes of tomatoes that were stacked and hauled to the French Market. He said his family also grew winter crops like cabbage and cauliflower, but that the farming business was “up and down.” Gus also has an encyclopedic knowledge of parish history, gleaned from his eight decades of living here and from his work serving as a justice of the peace and police juror. His business background and people skills have also made him an invaluable asset in the banking industry that he has been a part of since the 1960s. In fact, he is so well-known in this sphere that when Gus took a position as Market President at Gulf Coast Bank in the early 1990s, the bank centered its advertising campaign with the slogan “Where’s Gus?” because the bank leadership knew that Gus’ customers would follow him. But no matter what subject you discuss – the family farm, his work at the bank, or his love of the parish – eventually the
Gus and family enjoy the fruit of their labor on a tomato farm.
Kiwanian Gus Riess presents Emily Vu scholarship check. conversation will focus on his time at LSU as a football player on the school’s first national championship team in 1958. Before heading to Baton Rouge, Gus was a standout athlete at Holy Cross, excelling in both football and track. His skills on the gridiron earned him a scholarship to LSU, where he would play for three years under Coach Paul Dietzel. “I went from being a little Tiger to a big Tiger,” Gus is fond of saying. He said Coach Dietzel “lived by the watch,” and the discipline he instilled had a positive influence on the team. “I always remember the closeness of our team,” Gus reflected. “Everybody got along so well. We lived together, we ate together, we practiced together, and we became champions together.” Gus was a redshirt sophomore on that championship squad. In 2018, he and nearly 30 of his teammates gathered at Tiger Stadium to celebrate two major events – the 60th anniversary of its championship season and the dedication of a statue to his teammate Billy Cannon. In January of this year, Gus was happy to see the Tigers add another football championship to the trophy case – its fourth overall. Gus said he sees some parallels
I went from being a little Tiger to a big Tiger.
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between his championship team and last year’s Tiger squad: “We both went undefeated in winning the championship, and we both had a future Heisman Trophy winner on the field.” Gus said his time in Baton Rouge changed him forever. “I grew up thinking I would be a tomato farmer,” he said. “I ended up going to college, and it changed my whole life.” Sports continue to be a big part of his life. In fact, his efforts have been instrumental in establishing the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame Center at the Val Riess Park Sports Complex, a state of the art facility in Chalmette named after his uncle, Val Reiss. Despite some recent health issues, Gus has no plans to retire. He enjoys the work too much – and helping people, generation after generation. He said one of his favorite parts of the job is when young people enter the bank to open their
Gus and former teammate Billy Cannon, LSU’s first Heisman Trophy winner, celebrate at the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame ceremony. first account. “They walk in, and they say, ‘My dad said I need to come see Mr. Gus, that you would help me out.’ So, of course, I take care of them.” Just has he has for decades. So, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is a great time to share our gratitude with Mr. Gus – to thank him for his service and commitment to the people of our parish. He truly exemplifies Parish Pride.
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Art for Joy
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A native of St. Bernard Parish, Michelle A. Nicholson is a writer, editor, teacher, and proud alumna of Andrew Jackson Magnet High, Loyola University, and the University of New Orleans.
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Jazmine Merwin paints holiday scenes on the window of Barkerâ€™s Donuts in Violet. Owner Aaron Barker heard that Jazmine is an artist, so he asked her to decorate his windows.
reetings, Reader! Michelle Nicholson, here, happy to introduce my new column highlighting the work of our local artists â€” specifically those who are up-and-coming, those who dedicate their talents to charitable work, and those who perform art as a hobby, simply to bring joy to others. Some of you may know me from Chalmette High School and remember the cultural arts magazine and collaborative I founded there, Magnum Opus. Perhaps you attended one of our open mics and writing workshops. I bet a few of you might even remember me singing with the chorus at AJ, performing in plays at St. Robert Bellarmine, dancing for Glenda Hoselle, or snapping photos for the 4-H Club and writing songs about recycling at Carolyn Park. Chances are, if you know me, you know that I have spent my entire life devoted to Art, in all its modes, and to supporting and promoting others in their artistic endeavors. More recently, I have promoted arts and culture as an editor and writer for local magazines. When offered the opportunity to begin this column, I was stoked! You can look forward to reading about a young couple making videos for their YouTube channel, inspiring locals to get involved in art projects and cultural field trips â€” and a young man who took to sewing and donating masks at the onset of the
Corinne Barreca's painting hangs at Government Complex. pandemic, when he had to take a break from his hobby of promoting local musicians and organizing music events. We are currently accepting suggestions for the column and are eager to highlight and celebrate St. Bernard artists of every form, from performance to visual arts and even textiles. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas!
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Willie’s Wood Characters Create Lasting Memories BY MICHELLE A. NICHOLSON St. Bernard Magazine-Chalmette
hen Willie Deano first crafted a pocket fishing rig from his dad’s wood scraps and twine at 7 years old, he never imagined he would eventually find his woodwork decorating the lawns at the St. Bernard Parish’s Government Complex and Sidney D. Torres Park. For some time, Deano had already built and painted wooden lawn ornaments each Christmas for the St. Bernard Council on Aging on West Judge Perez Drive. Then, three years ago, when Parish President Guy McInnis began Christmas at the Complex, McInnis asked Deano if “they could borrow the toy soldiers.” Deano not only “loaned” the toy soldiers, but agreed to make ornaments for the oak trees at the park. Each year since then, he has added more and more to the collection. Certainly, the 16-piece life-size nativity scene Deano built
for Christmas at the Complex is impressive. His favorite work for the holiday is the kids’ area. He loves “the excitement and smiles you put on the faces of those who visit.” Perhaps more importantly, Deano said, “the photos they take, share, and will send to family and friends — those are memories that can’t be replaced.” Deano isn’t just carving out memories for today. He believes he’s “making something that can just keep passing from generation to generation.” His greatest reward is “giving back and taking care of our own.” “There is nowhere else like Da Parish,” Deano said. “Helping others runs in the family.” Willie Deano's granddaughter Now, Deano’s 6-year-old serves as his eyes for details. granddaughter, Ava, is picking up on happy with what I make or rebuild,” this tradition. She loves to help paint he said. the white seal onto his woodwork And that is something we can all for Christmas at the Complex — the be thankful for this holiday season. undercoat that will preserve this new tradition for generations to come. The photos they take, share, Deano doesn’t have and will send to family any plan of “retiring” from and friends — those are woodcraft. memories that can’t be replaced. “I will be doing - Woodcrafter Willie Deano, woodworking as long as I Chalmette Native am able to, making others
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Small Business Saturday is the kickoff to an entire week-long celebration in St. Bernard Parish. The event is headlined by a 7-day shopper incentive program steered by SBEDF and a committee of local business owners and community organizations. In 2019, the passport program gave away over $1,500 in prizes, with participation by both businesses and residents steadily increasing since its inception in 2016.
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Support our local businesses this holiday season by participating in the 5th Annual Shop Small Week. St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is proud to present the Shop Small passport program, aimed at increasing sales for St. Bernard Parish retailers, restaurants, and participating businesses.
The small businesses in our community are owned by your neighbors, friends, and individuals that reside in and have a deep passion for St. Bernard Parish. By patronizing their establishments, you are keeping more tax dollars in St. Bernard Parish, helping small business owners and their employees support their families, and you are creating a greater demand for retail outlets. Presented by
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By Jerry Estopinal
Jerry Estopinal’s column, “Deep In The Delta,” printed March 5, 1998 in the TimesPicayune, still resonates today on the life of this servant, Rev. Sam Smith.
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Soldier • Police Juror • Power Broker
ebruary is Black History Month, a time to pay tribute to the contributions that African Americans have made to our nation. Harry Truman once said, “The only thing new is the history you don’t know.” Truman, of course, was referring to the cyclic nature of the human story, and that unknown history is fresh and exciting. Perhaps only a few people know the story of Samuel Smith. Smith was an African-American, born into slavery in eastern St. Bernard Parish. His parents were originally natives of the South Carolina Sea Coast Islands. Strains of the accents heard along the Carolina coast can be heard even today in some of the older African-Americans in St. Bernard Parish. Smith worked on the plantation and was well-liked. He was trusted to do drayage work and haul goods by horse, mule or oxen. One day during the Civil War, Smith was allowed to go to Cofield Station, today’s Poydras area, on an errand. Smith had heard word that federal troops in New Orleans were emancipating black people and allowing them to enlist. Smith ran away and joined the Union Army. Smith served nearly two years in the war, according to U.S.
Census records. Family members say he fought a number of battles in north Alabama and Tennessee Smith told his grandson that he had once disarmed and released some Southern soldiers because the Bible had taught him not to kill. During one heated battle, Smith made a vow to return to St. Bernard Parish and start a church. After the war, he did return and founded the First Baptist Church, which today is in Verrett. Smith served on the reconstruction committee with many notable St. Bernardians in a power sharing scheme that lasted for several years. He served on the Police Jury, as a Justice of the Peace, and School Board member. Later, after the federal military occupation of the South ended, Smith remained friendly with the white politicians and was able to obtain favors and services for the people in his community. Smith passed on a legacy of community service, both as a preacher and humanitarian. It is a legacy that continues through the work of his descendants and congregation to this day. First Baptist celebrates its 150th anniversary in January.
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PASTORING FIRST BAPTIST-VERRETT 3 Generations of Smith = 129 Years
1 Rev. Samuel Smith Sr., 56 years (1871-1927)
Rev. William Henry Carr (son-in-law), 18 years (1927-1945)
2 Rev. Sam Smith Jr., 42 years (1945-1987)
Rev. Clarence Jones (associate), 3 years (1987-1990)
3 Rev. Raymond Smith, 30 years (1990-Present) Church Marks 150th Year in January
Rev. Samuel Smith Sr. (1843-1927)
TIMELINE: Forging Historic Relationships BY CHARLES D. JACKSON St. Bernard Magazine-Chalmette (Edited by Historians Bill Hyland and Tony Fernandez)
c.1843: Born Enslaved in Charleston, S.C., on Richard (Dick) Proctor’s Plantation 1856: Brought to Florissant (Lower St. Bernard) Along With Enslaved Parents by the Proctor Family, Who Owned 119 Slaves in 1860. 1862: Trusted “Yard Boy” of Dick Proctor, Helping Him Bury Gold Upon Union Occupation of New Orleans and Running Errands to the City.
“Calling” in Battle 1864: Received a “Vision from the Lord” and Heard His “Voice” during a Heated Battle in Bunker Hill, Alabama, Proclaiming:
“Sam, I’m going to bring you back home, and I want you to build me a church,” Sam Smith Jr. told Fernandez. Shortly afterward, a Confederate soldier stumbled over him sleeping in a corn field. The 21-year-old raised his gun and ordered the soldier to halt. “They sat at a distance,” Smith Jr. said. “The Confederate soldier was hungry. He shared food and water and told him, 1863: Ran Away to U.S. Customs House in New ‘Leave your gun with me and be on your way.’ The soldier said Orleans and Joined 2nd Louisiana Cavalry (Union) he didn’t want to leave my grandfather because he was so Army on Feb. 9 to Fight in Civil War loyal to him. He said, ‘Yankee, do you think if I meet another “Granddaddy said he was 18 years old,” said Sam Smith Jr. Yankee like you, you think they’ll do me the same way?’ He during a recorded interview in 1980 with St. said, ‘I couldn’t tell you, but the Lord wouldn’t suffer me to shoot you down.” Bernard Parish Historian Frank Fernandez. Fernandez asked Smith, “What kind of soldier was he? “One day his master told him to hook up to When you are in the Army aren’t you supposed to kill? Do the carriage and take him to catch the stage you think he was a loyal soldier?” (at Poydras) to town. Grandaddy started “No, he wasn’t loyal,” Smith answered. ‘My grandfather back to stable with the horse, but he didn’t was based upon God’s word, through the Apostle Peter, who go to Florissant. He stopped on the road and unhooked the horse from the carriage, said, ‘Shall I obey man or God,’ and my grandfather obeyed told the horse to go home, and he went to God: Thou shall not kill, and he didn’t kill that man.’’ join the Army.” Frank Fernandez
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Pastor Raymond Smith listens to prayer of grandson Minister Shelton Smith. Photo by Charles Jackson
1867: Discharged from Army as Corporal on Feb. 22 and Returned to Florissant
“He was on the staff with old man Estopinal,” Smith Jr. told Frank Fernandez. “He was the one my grandfather stood outstanding with in those days. He got along well with white people.” Fernandez asked Smith, “They didn’t hold against him being in the Union Army?” Smith Jr. answered, “Not a bit.”
Rev. Samuel Smith Jr. (1906-1991)
1872: Elected Police Juror (Council Member). First African American to Serve in Parish Government
“When he came back to the same site in Florissant, he found his father and mother alive, and the war was over,” Sam c. 1876: Served as Justice of the Peace (Jail Located Across From Church) and School Board Member during Jr. said.
this period and beyond.
c. 1868: Started Preaching and Conducting Prayer Services with a Congregation of 35 People in a Stable at Olivier Plantation on Bayou Terre aux Boeufs. Rode horseback to school in Baker, LA.
“Outstanding” Leader 1871: Moved from Olivier to Verrettville, Founded and Built “Colored” Baptist Church, renamed First Baptist Purchased Property on Bayou Road for $200 from Cesair Olivier de Vezin Verrett. The first deacon was James Sen. Albert Robinson, who came to Florissant as an Estopinal Sr. enslaved person at the same time as Sam. (Mount Olive Baptist Church in Goodwill organized prior to First Baptist) c. 1871: Became Allied with Albert Estopinal Sr.,
former Confederate soldier, longtime Police Juror and Sheriff, who became Dean of Louisiana State Senate.
1906: Adopted 4-month-old Grandson, Sam Smith Jr., Son of his Daughter, Lucy Smith-Moore
Fostering Unity Jan. 8, 1915: Delivered Invocation at Dedication Ceremony of Chalmette Monument, Commemorating 100th Anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans
Sen. Estopinal led state financing for completion of the monument that honors Gen. Andrew Jackson and soldiers of all creeds and colors. The Times-Picayune reports, “A crowd, estimated at more than 14,000 persons, massed on the Chalmette field to witness the events. Every transportation medium—boat, train and street car—was taxed to the utmost capacity by the crowd, and there were hundreds left behind.” (Continued Next Page)
Grandsons Carry Tradition 1917: Built Second Church Edifice on Bayou Road Site During World War I c. 1918: Studied Theology at New Orleans Bible Seminary. Served as President of Southern General Missionary Baptist Church Association, which purchased land in Goodwill for school. 1927: Died at age 85, after “The Great Mississippi Flood.” Buried in First Baptist Cemetery-Verrett
“I was 20 years old when my grandfather died,” Smith Jr. said. “My grandfather was the only father I knew. My father died before I was born. My grandmother was the maid for Joseph Proctor (during and after slavery). He owned Ycloskey.” 1945: Rev. Sam Smith Jr., nicknamed “Kibbie,” Installed as Pastor 1955: The 32-year-old Highly-Skilled
Carpenter, Demolishes Second Church Building and Constructs Current Structure. He completed 80 percent of the church before running out of money. Delacroix Corp. owner Manuel Molero Sam Smith Jr. and businessman Harvey Roberts offered help. On March 14, 1980, at age 73, Smith shared the story with Fernandez and historian Bill Hyland during an audio-recording session. “We wanted to borrow $2,000 from St. Bernard Bank, but Mr. Terry couldn’t loan it to us because we never had incorporated the church,” Smith said. “We asked Mr. Manuel Molero if he would loan us $500 to complete the church. He first said, ‘Kibbie, I don’t loan no church no money.’ I said, very well, thank you sir. “The next day, he called us to his house for a nice breakfast. He said, ‘I’m not going to loan the money to you. I’m going to give it to you.’ “On the day of the dedication, we invited him and he brought his wife. It was a fine reunion. He met up on all his kin who he worked with on Olivia. Then he made a nice oration for us. He said, ‘I’m going to give y’all $600 more and I Manuel Molero want you to tile your floor’. We’ll never
forget his generosity. We still pray thankfully for him. His name is in our records today.”
Celebrating 150 Years 1990: Rev. Raymond Allen Smith, Sam Jr.’s Eldest Son, Becomes Pastor 2007: Renovates Church After Hurricane Katrina 2010: Elected first President of reactivated St. Bernard Branch NAACP 2018: Elected President of
Southern General Missionary Baptist Association, of which his great-grandfather was a founding member (association purchased and earmarked acres in Goodwill to build school in early 1900s). Association still owns land, which Smith and his son Lionel Smith Sr., maintain.
Raymond Smith’s grandson, Shelton (also a minister), Raymond Smith’s grandson, Shelton (also a minister), is Elec is Elected to the following his great-great grandfather’s footsteps. School Board, 2020: Renovates Church Interior for 150th Anniv on Jan. 10, 2021 following his Smith said the sesquicentennial anniversary celebration marks a t great-great rededication, and renewal. grandfather’s “Whenfootsteps. we think about where the church came
the massacre of 1868, hurricane of 1915, and flo things the people in Verrettville withstood. We c
2020: Renovates Church Interior for 150th Anniversary Celebration on Jan. 10, 2021
Smith said the sesquicentennial anniversary celebration marks a time for reflection, rededication, and renewal. When we think about where the church came from – out of slavery, through the Civil War, through the great massacre of 1868, the devastating hurricane of 1915, and the great flood of 1927; when we think about all the things those people in Verrettville withstood, and they still carried on; we pause to thank and praise God for his church. We celebrate our founder, his legacy of spiritual and community service. We build upon his work and hope and pray to continue that model for generations to come. ~ Rev. Raymond A. Smith, greatgrandson
Legendary Life First Baptist organized in Florissant 3 years before Verrettville was established.
What Folks Say about Sam Sr. He was a great advocate for uplifting the black community. He was elected to the Police Jury in 1872. He believed in education, work ethic (having a trade), and coexistence with everyone in the community ... the Islenos, Sicilians, and, periodically, the aboriginals. ~ St. Bernard Parish Historian Bill Hyland
He was a precursor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He followed God’s dictates for all human beings to care for one another and for forgiveness, to turn the other cheek. His life shows how close the black and white communities were at that time. ~ Isleños Historian Tony Fernandez
My grandfather was based upon God’s word, through the Apostle Peter, who asked, ‘Shall I obey man or God’, and my grandfather obeyed God – ‘Thou shalt not kill’, and he didn’t kill that man (a Confederate soldier whom he encountered during a heated Civil War battle). ~ Grandson Rev. Sam Smith Jr.
Photos by Charles D. Jackson
Historical Marker Louisiana historical marker, sponsored by St. Bernard Historical Society, erected January 2018 in front of church at 3737 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, LA.
Five generations of Sam Smith’s descendants pose for commemorative photos during the historical marker’s unveiling, marking the church’s 147th anniversary in 2018.
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urtis Moore’s story is one of “from rags to riches.” Moore said he grew up poor in Verrettville, “but didn’t know it.” He picked okra to earn spending money, attended elementary school in Verrett, graduated from Violet Consolidated High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern University. Curtis Moore, posing After serving in the military, teaching on family property in school, and working in the oil industry, Verrett, says he is he partnered with a lifelong friend to “retired and on launch The Praline Connection on my way to Paris.” Frenchmen Street in August 1990. Moore knew that opening a restaurant in a city known for great food seemed a recipe for disaster. But during his 30-year reign, Moore became, in his own words, “the first in the Village to have a million-dollar business.” At one point, Moore operated three locations: the Marigny, near the Convention Center and the Airport. The Praline Connection attracted locals and tourists alike. Buses lined up for visitors to taste the culinary delights Moore learned how to make from his parents and grandparents — particularly grandmother Lucy Smith Moore, daughter of Elder Sam Smith Sr., founder of First Baptist Church-Verrett. It’s Mrs. Lucy’s pralines recipe that Moore and first cousins Loretta Shaw (Loretta’s Pralines) and Mable Stewart (Grammy’s) have used and marketed to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Moore recently retired, sold the business, and, once Covid-19 slows down, plans to set sail to explore the world.
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Builds a fabulous home that we featured on our Builder of Excellence Television show. A man of his word, and very easy to work with.
- Joan Minda
Began Residential Construction in St Bernard Parish the summer of 2017
Wins ‘People’s Choice Award’ in 2016 at 112 Bay Tree Manor in Covington.
Since 2018, Southern Builders has built over 38 homes throughout St Bernard Parish.
Southern Builders of Louisiana opens Showroom 2020
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at their Model Home in Meraux, in 2018 with St Bernard Parish Officials.
Southern Builders Showroom is now open! Our Goal is to help strengthen and rebuild to see the beautiful St Bernard Parish prosper within the community - one house at a time. Community is a huge part of the rich culture and history of St Bernard Parish and not so easily forgotten. Nothing makes home feel like home than the community helping each other rebuild itself. That’s where Southern Builders of Louisiana steps in. Our team helps you build your dream home! We are a local, licensed, and trusted custom homebuilder. Showroom Location: Office Number:
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HOLIDAY PICTURE FRAME TRIPTYCH By Juliane Morris
JINGLE AND JANGLE THOSE PLAIN PICTURE FRAMES INTO SOMETHING WONDERFULLY MAGICAL AND MEMORABLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A TRIPTYCH WORK OF ART. A TRIPTYCH IS A GROUP OF THREE PIECES OF ART FROM THE SAME DESIGN OR SERIES.
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An assortment of 4x6, 5x7 and
8x10 frames, three total. Grab your paint and E6000 glue and look for items like these to create your art: • High-end metal decorative bits • Silly and colorful plastic buttons or gems
Paint your frames all the same color before adding your decorative pieces. Stick to one theme. If you are using gems, use on all of your frames. This will keep them uniform to create your triptych work of art.
Use mixed mediums! Try old costume jewelry paired with ribbon • Old costume jewelry bows in monochrome tones or • Decorative plastic, acrylic, potpourri on a white frame. The ceramic, metal and stone holiday- possibilities are endless and the themed bits like snowflakes, sleds, project is easy enough to include DECORATING PICTURE stockings, evergreens, angels, FRAMES IS NOTHING NEW, your children! cookies, Santas or faith-based BUT AS THIS YEAR SEEMS TO Take a series of candid family items BE A PARTICULARLY MEMphotos at different times during • Little pine cones, acorns, dried your family Christmas celebration. ORABLE ONE, WHY NOT flowers or potpourri Give as a thoughtful and creative ORDER THREE FRAMES ONLINE, GRAB SOME FROM THE • Plain or painted pebbles or rocks gift from the heart or keep for yourself to enjoy again each THRIFT STORE, OR UPCYCLE • Shells season. WHAT YOU HAVE AT HOME . • Dried (safe) berries • Twigs tied with natural-based twine and so on
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Faces of The Parish
Newcomers & Longtime Residents By Charles Jackson
Lifelong residents, the Vardano family of Violet, enjoy Juneteenth festivities.
Blake Hebert of Meraux has lived in St. Bernard all his 21 years. “I like it that I know everybody here.” The Dazzling Divas dancers are showstoppers at local events.
Jackie and Jamal Silve relocated from Lacombe to Meraux last year. “My parents moved here the same time,” Jackie said.
Christopher Grimes moved from Gentilly to Chalmette a year ago. “I love my quiet neighborhood and enjoy fishing.”
Wanda and Clyde Alcon have been married 54 years. Both graduated from St. Bernard High School (now the Historic Courthouse on Bayou Road).
Bernard Johnson, a third-generation fisherman, and his family sell off-the-boat shrimp at Delacroix Seafood Market.
Dedra Bailey, principal at W. Smith Elementary for 13 years, was honored at the 1st Annual Juneteenth celebration.
Lifelong residents Don and Tammy Melerine say, “Da Parish is the best place to live.’’
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So many diets come and go with only a small percentage of the population jumping onboard. One diet that has kept afloat through the past couple of years is the keto diet. Many people have seen great results with following a strict keto diet. The recipes are full of all those things normal dieters tend to leave out, but keto does not turn its back on fats and protein. In fact, most meals are strictly cheese and meat. This recipe provides all the macros you need to follow a keto plan. This is a simple twist to the original broccoli casserole dish and could be made several different ways by adding more bacon or even switching out the type of cream used in the recipe. Even the cheese can be altered to your favorite cheese. Enjoy this dish with friends and family and inspire them to try keto!
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INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup raw bacon (about 4-6 slices) chopped into small pieces (optional) 1 tablespoon butter 5 cloves garlic minced or crushed 3 cups broccoli florets 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder salt and pepper to taste 1 cup heavy cream or light cream 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese DIRECTIONS Pre-heat oven to 400F. In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook chopped bacon for 2-3 minutes or until almost crispy. Remove bacon from pan and to the same pan, add the butter, garlic, broccoli, garlic powder and a dash of salt and pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the heavy cream, cheese and cooked bacon. Transfer to pre-heated oven and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. Serve.
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