History in the Making: City of Opelousas Seals a Time Capsule

Updated: Nov 19, 2020


November 18, 2020

(Opelousas, LA) – The City of Opelousas continues its celebration of its 300th anniversary year. Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor, city officials and the Celebrate 300 Opelousas Committee sealed a time capsule at a special ceremony held Saturday, November 14th. The ceremony took place on the side of Opelousas City Hall, located at 105 Main Street. The capsule will be sealed for 50 years and opened by future city officials and citizens in 2070.

The concept behind the project is to preserve a piece of the present for the future. The time capsule contents include messages for the future such as letters from Mayor Julius Alsandor, Fire Chief Charles Mason, Police Chief Martin Mclendon, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz and other local officials as well as letters from various local organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Daughters of the American Revolution, Epsilon Alpha Sigma, I-49 Trail riders, Opelousas Little Theatre, Rotary Clubs of Opelousas and local high schools. The City of Opelousas also incorporated memorabilia related to events and activities in 2020, such as a mask from local pediatrician Dr. Carmen Johnson. “This time capsule will give those in the future a glimpse of Opelousas in 2020,” said Mayor Alsandor.

At the event, the Opelousas Kiwanis Club members offered keepsake photos to families in attendance which were placed inside mini time capsule containers provided by Opelousas Tourism. Also, Opelousas Mayor Alsandor presented Sheriff Bobby Guidroz with a badge that was placed in the 1970 time capsule by former Sheriff Adler Ledoux. The Opelousas Kiwanis Club also made a special birthday presentation to the city with a specially made birthday cake which was donated by Super One Foods in Opelousas. Donald Lalonde with B & D Marble and Granite donated a headstone to be placed on top of the sealed time capsule.

On Sunday, November 15th, the City of Opelousas also held a Community Peace Picnic was at the South City Park to further the celebration. The event, which is a Celebrate Opelousas 300 activity, was organized by the St. Landry Parish Ministerial Alliance. “We gather to share thoughts and values and understanding that a community that stands together will definitely flourish together,” said Mayor Julius Alsandor.

For more information, contact tourism@cityofopelousas.com.

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