A historical marker honoring the town of Jean Lafitte has been erected in front of the Jean Lafitte Visitor Center and Pirate Museum at 799 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Jean Lafitte.
“This historical marker will honor the namesake of our town and the spirit of the hardworking people who have lived here for centuries,” said Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner.
“It will also educate visitors and residents about the town’s history and welcome them to our Visitor Center, new Barataria Museum and Wetland Trace, restaurants, swamp tours and charter fishing ... all 30 minutes south of New Orleans.”
The historical marker reads as follows:
“Named for legendary privateer Jean Lafitte, who helped the United States win the Battle of New Orleans and used area bayous for his smuggling operations. Home to a thriving seafood industry. Incorporated in 1974 as a village. Became a town in 1977. First mayor of village and town was Leo E. Kerner Jr., 1974-1991.”
The Jefferson Parish Historical Commission sponsored the historical marker for the town of Jean Lafitte.