Artifacts prove Lemannville School existed
Willie Lamendola likes to take down old houses that are made of cypress wood and occasionally he’ll come across some artifacts that reflect history or even reveal it. One of his latest historical findings came out of a house he took down about 10 years ago. His wife Darlene recently decided to clean up some of the old stuff Willie had lying around the yard and noticed some old work from a Lemannville School.
She immediately called Kathe Hambrick of the Donaldsonville’s River Road African American Museum. Hambrick arrived at the Lamendola home with guest Curator, Beryl Hunter, and they found activity books that had pictures of the students during the 1940’s and 1950’s. The pictures proved a Lemannville School existed during that time and showed students in the 4-H club, home economics class, fifth and sixth grade English classes, work shop class (known today as wood shop), and many other activities the students did at the school located on River Road.
The Lamendolas donated the findings to the RRAAM to be preserved and displayed in the museum. Since then Hambrick has been on a search to find the students in the pictures or relatives to try and help identify.
Hambrick has already learned who one of the key persons was during that time, Mrs. Birdie Robinson Brittain. Hambrick contacted Brittain’s nephew, MacDonough Robinson, who was able to confirm some of the findings and has come in contact with one of the students, whom she expects to meet with to verify the work and identify the others in the pictures.
Robinson said he’s responsible for giving Willie Lamendola the go ahead to take down the house ten years ago, which was Brittain’s house. Robinson said Brittain left her the house amongst several other things when she died at age 93 in the early 1990’s.
Hambrick is asking for anybody who may know any information about the Lemannville School to please contact her at (225) 206-1225.