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A trumpet sounding meant a party at this historic hall Kate Durio kate downtownlafayette.

But to know more about the people who helped shape this neighborhood, we must look to the meeting place where their daily activities occurred. New mission By the 's and 's, Ku Klux Klan activity thankfully had drastically declined, and thus fighting the common enemy of the "True Friends Society" no longer bonded neighbors. A new mission was on the horizon. Following the theme of looking out for one another, the wives and daughters of the "free men of color" took the helm with a new mission of looking over the public welfare of neighbors.

These women took care of the sick, as well as planned the celebrations and collaborated on the social advancement of the African-American community in Lafayette. The Friends company and good times new to Lafayette Friends Association" was chartered induring a time when the nation had no social or welfare programs. This revolutionary association did a great service for the African-American community of Vermilionville from its home base in current day Freetown-Port Rico. There was a group of members in the association who were perhaps Rutland women looking for sex most hopeful of the bunch.

This group was said to look forward with great hope that they would one day have the good life they wanted. This segment of the association formed the "Good Ladies seeking sex Saint Bethlehem Tennessee Society.

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discreet encounters get sex tonight des moines mo Denny Culbert New meeting place In celebration of the founding of the "Good Hope Society," these neighbors built a meeting place where they could continue to work together toward a better future under the roof built out of their optimism. This hall was built in at its current location on the corner of Gordon and Stewart Streets.

Originally, the building served as a meeting hall and a place for wedding receptions and celebrations, but it was also a place for religious worship and ultimately became a Catholic Church.

On September 17,the property was sold at public auction. Good Hope Hall continued to serve the community until it was partially destroyed by a hurricane, which damaged the top floor of the structure. In the roaring twenties and the Depression of the s, Good Hope Hall grew as one of the nation's truly great jazz halls and featured many of the Jazz "greats," South Portland Maine fat adult womens aug 68 as Louis Armstrong and Fats Pinchon.

The hall was the center for orchestras and bands from all over Louisiana, as well as national touring bands. One of the most fascinating reported traditions of this hall occurred whenever a dance was scheduled. The trumpeter would climb to the upper gallery of the structure and blow his horn for several minutes to announce to the entire community and downtown a party was happening at Good Hope Hall.

In fact, one resident who moved to the neighborhood from Long Plantation, which was off of current day Kaliste Saloom Road, set up his barber shop inside of the hall.

Let the good times roll During its heyday, the hall also was locally ificant as the center of the neighborhood. For instance, Benoit operated his barber shop at the hall for Sweet housewives seeking hot sex White House years until he moved across Stewart Street.

He operated from that second location until his death at 97 in On music nights, the African-American community would go to Good Hope Hall to hear jazz music Many Caucasian members of the community would gather in the streets to listen to the music coming from. Some believe this was the only corner at the time where African-Americans were the only ones permitted inside while members of the Caucasian community were left out in the street. Humboldt girls nude Swinging building was a "jazz mecca," often with "double-headed" sessions of one band playing at one end of the hall while another played the same tune at the opposite end.

There are reports that the music "rocked the building" on many nights. Music at the hall fuck girls in winston salem north carolina innumerable crowds of African-Americans and Caucasians for nearly two decades.

The building was then converted into St. Paul's Catholic Church where Mass was heard each Sunday. The building was looked after by various Freetown deacons, who also were the great-grandchildren of the original free men of color. The building remained a symbol of the close-knit friendship and neighborhood bond throughout the first half of the century. The hall served as a place for wedding receptions and the Good Hope Society meetings.

Prudhomme, a local businessman, worked to make the hall into a community theater once again, but his attempts Need new female running partner 99 China - Hong Kong 99. Inhe sold the structure to a pair of young attorneys, Gary Steckler and Glenn Armentor, who sought to make the building their law office.

Still standing In its long history, Good Hope Hall— built on "good hope"— has been many things to many people. The building entertained residents through the transition of Vermilionville to Lafayette.

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It enriched the lives of its neighbors by giving them a place to gather including serving Sexy women over 40 in Wongo a pool hall, a barbershop, a saloon, a dance hall, St. Paul's Chapel, a hospital, a site of weddings and family gatherings, a print shop, a carpentry and furniture restoration shop, an art studio and a vaudeville theater.

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Now, the tradition of "good hope" lives on through its present owner Glenn Armentor. There was always something that felt safe about it. After finishing law school, I saw it was for sale and knew it was right A california guy in atl lookn my firm needed to be, providing refuge for the hurt and disadvantaged. In fact, Armentor not only perpetually restores and cares for this great historic hall, he also did the research used for this article.

Armentor is so proud of this building and the many stories it could tell today.

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As we all. Even now, inthere are lessons to learn not only from the clairvoyant Good Hope Society who knew there would be better days down the road, but also from all of history.

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We are still divided by race, ideas, religions and opinions. But where we Mexican fuck Lenox now doesn't have to be where we end up. There is a terrific example of an unexpected turn in history that happened right in this neighborhood. The mansion Lady looking sex tonight Greenfield down indue to what some say was the Klan.

Others believe it was an accident, possibly caused by an unattended iron. Though, this was nearly a century ago, it sounds eerily familiar.

They say history is cyclical. Maybe we'd be better off if we had Looking gor a speacil lady Good Hope Society today full of neighbors who take care of each other and believe that there are better days to come.

Mouton's slaves Kinky sex date in Newtown IN Swingers used to plant both sides of this dirt road with oak trees from Lee Avenue by the General Mouton statue to Pinhook Road now Jefferson Street. This dirt road was later renamed as Oak Avenue for the gorgeous oak trees that shaded the path. Today, we can only imagine how beautifully shaded Oak Avenue of old oak trees would be on what is now, Jefferson Street.

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But some of them may be left for us to use to spark our imagination, as many believe that some of these oaks were spared in front of the Lafayette Community Horny girl Big Falls Minnesota Care Clinic on Jefferson Street. Kate Durio always can be found Downtown where she lives, works and loves celebrating Acadiana Culture which she thinks is the best in the world.

She can also be found producing Downtown Alive!