City of Opelousas Opens 50-Year Old Time Capsule

A time capsule buried half a century ago in Opelousas for the city’s 250th anniversary was opened Sunday, June 14, 2020. The capsule was buried by the 250th Committee on June 14, 1970, in front of Opelousas City Hall, which was then located on Court Street where Opelousas Police Department is located today. The capsule was to be opened 50 years later.

On hand for the event were Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor and City Council Members as well as relatives of members of the 250th committee. Also, in attendance were Opelousas residents Dr. Lucius Doucet, Gerald Emon, Sonny Ray and Becky Faul Diesi, who were part of the 250th time capsule burial fifty years ago. Marceline Cortez Hrachovy, daughter of former Mayor of Opelousas Wilfred Cortez, shared a few remarks about the letter her father had placed in the time capsule.

The contents of the 1970 time capsule included a letter from the chairman of the time capsule committee, a letter from former Opelousas Mayor Wilfred Cortez, a key to the city, a letter and badge from former Sheriff Adler Ledoux, letters from various civic organizations and a package from the Chamber of Commerce containing a tour guide.

While most of the contents appeared to have some sort of water damage, there were some letters and artifacts that appeared to be salvageable. A key to the city, placed in the capsule by former Mayor Wilfred Cortez was located as was a badge from former Sheriff Adler Ledoux. The city will work with preservation related agencies in hopes of restoring some of the memorabilia. Those items will then be placed at the Opelousas Public Library for viewing. The city also plans to bury another time capsule later this year in celebration of the 300th anniversary.

2 views0 comments

Project Staff & Consultants

Melanie Lee-Lebouef

Amisha Thibeaux

Kaia Winfrey

Jennifer Ritter Guidry

Carola L. Hartley

Sarah Sterling

Julia Fontenot

Jameelah Pickens

Brad Chavis

Herman Fuselier

Project Contributors

Etha Amling, Cabbot Ballard, Laura Barber, Doris Barrow, Alton Broussard, Ronald Carrier, Lena Charles, Joe Citizen, Marty Cosgrove, Lucius Doucet, Patrick Fontenot, Herman Fuselier, Wesley Guidroz, Carola Hartley, Rebecca Henry, Eva Iford, Florella Inhern, Slyvia and Charles Morel, Bob Morrison, Estelle Perrault, Charles Renaud, Lee T Roberts, Seth Robin, Martin Roy, Jr., Paul Scott, Anthony Standberry, Goldman Thibodeaux, Susan and Joe Urban 

Special Thanks to the University of Louisiana Division of Archives

*Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Celebrate 300 Opelousas Tricentennial Project will be a milestone celebration of events and programs that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of our area. 


Phone: 337.948.6263

Our Sponsors

© 2018 by Opelousas Tricentennial Oral History Project. Proudly created with Wix.comTerms of Use  |   Privacy Policy