• How social distancing is helping revive Cajun French

    It's a story Lian Cheramie has told and heard so many times in her life, it's become folklore.

    Once upon a time, when her grandmother was a young girl, she would sneak under her schoolhouse to speak with her friends in her native tongue, French.

    It was an act of pure rebellion.

    It must have been about the mid to late 1930's Cheramie estimates, at a time when Louisiana's constitution mandated that all public schools teach in English. This was part of a government-backed effort to "Americanize" the population and students were reprimanded for speaking French in schools.

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    Maria Clark
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