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Marie Therese Coincoin Day (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-02-17

Duration: 00:07:49

Subjects: Coincoin, Marie Therese, 1742-1816. | Cane River National Heritage Area (La.) | CREOLES


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Metoyer-Roque, Betty Speaker
  • Jackson, Kelly Interviewee
  • Roque, Thomas E., Sr. Interviewee
  • Gregory, Pete Interviewee


This segment from the February 17, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to the Marie Therese Coincoin Day festivities at the Badin-Roque House at the Cane River National Heritage Area in Natchitoches Parish. Coincoin was a freed slave and the matriarch of the Metoyer Family and the Cane River Creoles. This story includes highlights of Betty Metoyer-Roque, a seventh generation descendent, recounting the life of Coincoin. Whinham also interviews: Kelly Jackson, a descendent and founder of the Resurrection Fern Foundation; Thomas E. Roque, Sr., a descendent and member of the St. Augustine Historical Society; and Dr. Pete Gregory, a professor at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.