Baton Rouge, La. (press release) – On Saturday, March 9, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will welcome dozens of French students from across the state for an exclusive tour of the Baroness de Pontalba & the Rise of Jackson Square exhibit during French Education Day at the Cabildo. During the event, Lt. Gov. Nungesser will discuss the importance of preserving the French language and culture in Louisiana and the significance of the Almonester-Pontalba legacy. The event is in partnership with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL).

The Baroness de Pontalba & the Rise of Jackson Square exhibit honors the remarkable lives of Don Andrés Almonester and his daughter, Micaela, the Baroness de Pontalba. The Almonester-Pontalba family is credited with reviving what is now Jackson Square and developing much of its architecture old New Orleans is known for. This one-of-a-kind exhibit includes portraits, rare documents, treasures from the Pontalba Family château in France, historical drawings and historic and commissioned photographs to revisualize New Orleans’ iconic urban core: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytère and the twin Pontalba Buildings.


WHEN:                Saturday, March 9, 2019
                            2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:              The Cabildo – 2nd floor
                            701 Chartres St.
                            New Orleans, LA 70130