The Louisiana Acadian Flag
Since 1965, the official Louisiana Acadian
Flag has been flown proudly through Acadiana. Descendants of the
French-Acadian, or Cajun people largely populate the 22 parish area of
South Louisiana. It is flown, in the memory, of their forefathers
being banished from Nova Scotia for religious and political reasons in the
mid Eighteenth Century.
The Louisiana Acadian Flag was designed by
Dr. Thomas J. Arceneaux of Lafayette, La., life long supporter of
English-French bilingual education in Louisiana schools. He is the
former Dean of the College of Agriculture (1941-1975) at the University of Southwestern
Louisiana in Lafayette, now The University of Louisiana at
Lafayette. Dr. Arceneaux, was one of the early leaders of the
Louisiana French renaissance movement that revived interest and pride in
the French-Acadian heritage. In 1955, in celebrating the
Bicentennial of the Acadian exile, it became the driving force for the
revival. He is a Charter member of the Council for the Development
of French in Louisiana (better known as CODOFIL).
Description of the Acadian Flag
The Three Silver colored Fleurs de Lis, on
a Blue Field, represents the French origin of the Acadians with a portion
of the arms dedicated to their Mother Country.
In paying homage to Spain, the nation that
controlled Louisiana during the Acadian migration to Louisiana, it is
represented by the Old Arms of Castille - a Gold Tower on a Red
Field...The Acadian's adopted nation under whom they prospered after years
The gold star is the official symbol of the
Virgin Mary, under the title of "Our Lady of the
Assumption". This symbol has special religious significance for
the Acadians, since they left France for the New World during a time of
great devotion to Mary. It was at this time that the King of France,
Louis XIII, declared Mary the "Patroness of the Kingdom."
On August 15, 1638, France and her colonies were consecrated to Mary under
the title "Our Lady of the Assumption."
Then in 1938, Pope Pius XI solemnly
proclaimed "Our Lady of the Assumption" as the Patroness of all
Acadians - those in Canada as well as the ones residing in Louisiana and
Sons of the American Revolution
Shortly after the arrival of the displaced
Acadians, in the Spanish territory of Louisiana, the American colonies
started their struggle for Independence. It is significant to recall
the fact that Spain decided to champion the cause of the 13 American
colonies in their revolution against the same English nation that had so
cruelly exiled the Acadians. With so many of the Acadian descendants
living in Louisiana, they chose to serve under Galvez, the Governor of
Spanish Louisiana. They actively participated in the battles of
Manchac, Baton Rouge, Mobile, and Pensacola which were all very important
and decisive victories that contributed to the successful conclusion of
the American Revolution.
Since the Acadians were citizens of Spain
at the time of the American Revolution, their star could not appear on the
first American flag. Thus, the gold star on the Louisiana Acadian
Flag serves as a reminder of Louisiana's participation in the American
Revolution, and the significant contributions of the Louisiana Acadians.