Bridge keeping its name

Bridge keeping its name

There are 10 comments on the www.2theadvocate.com story from Oct 14, 2010, titled Bridge keeping its name. In it, www.2theadvocate.com reports that:

The Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission voted 7-0 on Wednesday to keep the name of the under construction John J. Audubon Bridge as is.

The commission doesn’t have the power to rename the bridge; instead Wednesday’s vote reflected whether commissioners would ask the Legislature to vote on a name change.

The vote came after a several-months long campaign by citizens pushing to have the Mississippi River bridge being built between Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes renamed to honor two storied military veterans who grew up in each of those parishes.

The proposed name change would recognize U.S. Marine Corps commandants — John A. LeJeune, of Pointe Coupee, and Robert H. Barrow, of West Feliciana.

During the meeting, retired Marine Corps Reserve Col. David Couvillon, acknowledged the legacy of Audubon, a noted naturalist and artist, but said the bridge should be named after Louisianans.

LeJeune, Couvillon said, fought for the country during the Spanish-American War and in World War I before becoming commandant.

He was also one of the main champions for the military’s amphibious warfare doctrine — military operations directed against hostile shores — that made possible the 1944 invasion of Normandy by Allied forces, Couvillon said.

Barrow served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War before becoming commandant, Couvillon said.

Both commandants attended LSU, grew up in their respective rural communities and went on to attain the highest position in the Marine Corps, Couvillon said.

“Louisiana provides more military men per capita than any other state,” he said. “This is an opportunity to recognize two great Louisianans who fought for this country and who grew up 20 miles from each other’s homes.”

History buff David Norwood spoke next about his wish to keep the bridge’s name intact.

Norwood, who said he is related to Barrow, told the commission that Audubon is an important historical figure whose name could bring international attention to the area.

West Feliciana, especially, has a claim to Audubon as most of the birds the artist drew were from the parish, Norwood said.

“We have thousands of acres preserved to bring in eco-tourism,” Norwood said. “It is the main industry in West Feliciana Parish. Audubon is the suitable name. His name is synonymous with the natural recreation we’re known for.”

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#1 Oct 14, 2010
How NOT to name a bridge:

On the one hand we have Jean Rabin, the illegitimate son of a French sea captain / plantation owner and a Creole chambermaid. Rabin was moved from his birthplace of Haiti to his father's home in France when he was three years old. There he was renamed Jean-Jacques Fougere Audubon.

He spent the next 15 years in France and moved to the US in 1803 to escape conscription into Napoleon's army. Upon his immigration to the US, he changed his name again, this time to John James Audubon. His many business ventures failed and by 1819 he was declared bankrupt and imprisoned.

Audubon eventually became known as a naturalist and painter and, yes, he lived in West Feliciana Parish for a brief period where his wife had a job teaching. While there, he hunted and killed birds, wired them into “natural” poses and painted them. He had nothing to do with Pointe Coupee Parish.

On the other hand we have two locally-born men, Americans, each of whom achieved the rank of Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps - the highest-ranking officer in Corps.

John A. Lejeune grew up on the Old Hickory Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish. After attending LSU, Lejeune joined the Marine Corps and rose through the ranks to become Commandant from 1920-1929. Lejeune is considered by many to be the “greatest of all leathernecks,” and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is named in his honor.

Robert H. Barrow was raised on Rosale Plantation in West Feliciana Parish. Barrow also attended LSU and joined the Marine Corps after the outbreak of World War II, eventually rising to the rank of Commandant from 1979-1983. After his retirement from the Corps, Barrow returned home to West Feliciana. He was the first Commandant to decline burial in Arlington National Cemetery and chose Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville as his final resting place.

But, the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission has chosen to name the bridge for a Haitian-born painter rather than two great Americans who are native sons of the two communities being joined by the bridge.
DITTO

Baton Rouge, LA

#2 Oct 14, 2010
This person said it ALL! I totally agree with every word. We are tired of Audubon on everything, not everyone is impressed with the name. All he did after all was slaughter our beautiful helpless birds, for his vanity.

DITTO/DITTO
Bill

New Iberia, LA

#3 Oct 14, 2010
Prag!!! We found something we can agree upon 100%.

This is insane!!! Comparing the Generals with Audubon, is like Comparing Gandhi to Bill Clinton.

To say the least Audubon's moral character was highly questionable when it came to the young ladies he tutored in painting. My understanding, if it weren't for his wife's fine character, he would have been run out of town on a rail.

I thought this was going to be a No-Brainer for the Commission, just goes to show how much I know!

I met General Barrow in Saigon in 1967 and had the special opportunity of visiting with him on occasion here in St. Francisville when I relocated here.

WHAT A MISSED OPPORTUNITY!!!

Since: Jul 10

United States

#4 Oct 14, 2010
pragmatist wrote:
How NOT to name a bridge:
On the one hand we have Jean Rabin, the illegitimate son of a French sea captain / plantation owner and a Creole chambermaid. Rabin was moved from his birthplace of Haiti to his father's home in France when he was three years old. There he was renamed Jean-Jacques Fougere Audubon.
He spent the next 15 years in France and moved to the US in 1803 to escape conscription into Napoleon's army. Upon his immigration to the US, he changed his name again, this time to John James Audubon. His many business ventures failed and by 1819 he was declared bankrupt and imprisoned.
Audubon eventually became known as a naturalist and painter and, yes, he lived in West Feliciana Parish for a brief period where his wife had a job teaching. While there, he hunted and killed birds, wired them into “natural” poses and painted them. He had nothing to do with Pointe Coupee Parish.
On the other hand we have two locally-born men, Americans, each of whom achieved the rank of Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps - the highest-ranking officer in Corps.
John A. Lejeune grew up on the Old Hickory Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish. After attending LSU, Lejeune joined the Marine Corps and rose through the ranks to become Commandant from 1920-1929. Lejeune is considered by many to be the “greatest of all leathernecks,” and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is named in his honor.
Robert H. Barrow was raised on Rosale Plantation in West Feliciana Parish. Barrow also attended LSU and joined the Marine Corps after the outbreak of World War II, eventually rising to the rank of Commandant from 1979-1983. After his retirement from the Corps, Barrow returned home to West Feliciana. He was the first Commandant to decline burial in Arlington National Cemetery and chose Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville as his final resting place.
But, the Zachary Taylor Parkway Commission has chosen to name the bridge for a Haitian-born painter rather than two great Americans who are native sons of the two communities being joined by the bridge.
I agree with you.

Why is it so important to David Norwood to keep the Audubon name? If anybody is interested in the bridge they will come see it regardless of what its called.
Bill

Saint Francisville, LA

#5 Oct 15, 2010
Larry the Man wrote:
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I agree with you.
Why is it so important to David Norwood to keep the Audubon name? If anybody is interested in the bridge they will come see it regardless of what its called.
If Audubon had won the Heisman Trophy, they would be looking for ways to take it away from him! There are just a few things that really get my blood pressure up, and this is one of them!!! I am not sure we should give up the fight to have the Bridge renamed for the Generals, just because an appointed commission vote? I am a firm believer in the saying " Lord give me the brains to identify the things that can be fixed and the smarts to know what can't be fixed and leave alone" or something like that!!! How do we fix this before it is too late!!! Any suggestions?
Murphy

Saint Francisville, LA

#6 Oct 15, 2010
Start a petition and send it to Jindel.
Sue

Denham Springs, LA

#7 Oct 21, 2010
Amen, Ditto. How could this have happened? What was Norwood thinking! Please tell me where to sign the petition.
Bill

Saint Francisville, LA

#8 Oct 22, 2010

Since: Oct 10

Baton Rouge, LA

#9 Oct 22, 2010
Reminder. We will present to the Town Aldermen on Tuesday Oct 26 and we can use your support. Call or write your Aldermen. Better still come support us and be at the meeting. This is our best shot to memorialize these two great men and to join these two parishes physically and historically. The deserve it!
GI Joe

Saint Francisville, LA

#10 Nov 2, 2010
Hound21 wrote:
Reminder. We will present to the Town Aldermen on Tuesday Oct 26 and we can use your support. Call or write your Aldermen. Better still come support us and be at the meeting. This is our best shot to memorialize these two great men and to join these two parishes physically and historically. The deserve it!
Thanks St. Francisville Aldermen for doing the right thing and supporting the resolution! Now on to the Police Jury. It may take a March on the Capital, to convince the legislators we are serious, and they need to do the right thing.

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