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Warren Perrin, renowned historian of Acadian culture and a man who has dedicated his life to promoting the accurate history of the Acadians, is our guest on this episode of Discover Lafayette.
Author of “Acadian Redemption,” a biography of Beausoleil Broussard, Perrin has worked tirelessly to reinvigorate the Acadian pride movement, most notably through his Petition for an Apology from Queen Elizabeth II for the Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia. The Queen signed a Proclamation granting such apology on December 9, 2003. Perrin established the Acadian Museum in Erath, LA. He has been engaged in many activities on behalf of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, known as CODOFIL; he served as President of CODOFIL from 1994 to 2010.
Perrin is a partner at Perrin, Landry & deLauney in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was a member of the UL – Lafayette (then known as Southwestern Louisiana Institute) weightlifting team which won eight national championships between 1957 and 1971, and established itself as one of the nation’s most-successful collegiate lifting programs. A documentary film tentatively entitled, The Ragin 13, by filmmaker Nicholas Campbell, is currently being filmed and traces the inspirational underdog story of this exceptional team and its achievements.
CODOFIL celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and was featured in the Governor’s Office in the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
For more information on the Acadian Museum, please visit http://www.acadianmuseum.com. Information on CODOFIL may be accessed at https://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/codofil/index.
Discover Lafayette and Jan Swift would like to take this opportunity to thank Warren Perrin for his many contributions to the preservation of Acadiana’s cultural heritage and for his lifetime commitment to educating the world about the accurate history of the Acadians. Warren credits his first boss, Judge J. Cleveland Fruge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, for opening his eyes to the plight of the Acadians and how they ended up in South Louisiana. We hope you enjoy this excursion into Acadiana’s rich culture!