Residents and business owners in the Freetown, Port Rico and Cropoville neighborhood in Lafayette are invited to design and produce clay address markers Saturday as part of the efforts to create community in the historic area.
The ceramics workshops are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Pottery Alley, 625 Garfield St.
The residents and business owners on Saturday can design their marker using stamps with logos that identify the neighborhood, and then return on Jan. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to glaze their address plaque.
The workshop is funded by Downtown Lafayette’s Creativity Everywhere grant program and participants are asked to register and pay a fee of less than $6 to reserve a spot.
The neighborhood is bounded, roughly, by University, Johnston, U.S. Route 90 and Pinhook.
The event is organized by the Freetown-Port Rico coterie and Pottery Alley with sponsorship from Guidry’s Hardware and Quick Stamps.
Register on Eventbrite by searching: Freetown-Port Rico. The small donation for the workshop will fund coterie projects, such as the Freetown Community Garden.
Neighborhood residents have applied to have the area recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The area was once a refuge for freed slaves and free men of color and it was previously part of a sugarcane plantation owned by Alexandre Mouton, who served as Louisiana’s governor in the mid-1800s.
Editor’s note: This article was changed on Thursday, Dec., 10, to note that Alexandre Mouton served as Louisiana’s governor in the mid-1800s.