Pierre Part Travel Guide

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    by Virtuous_Tourist Written May 30, 2004

    Located at the intersection of Bayou Grosbec and Bayou Pierre Part in Assumption Parish, La., Virgin Island is home to a statue of the community's patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue has quite a history.

    During a hurricane in 1882, floods destroyed the interior of the chapel in Pierre Part. A small statue of the Virgin Mary fell off its stand in the chapel, but landed on its feet in the water. So, unlike other statues in the chapel, it was not ruined by exposure to wind, rain, or flood. In 1892, the parishioners placed the statue on Virgin Island where it could be seen.

    In another flood sometime between 1892 and 1909, the rising waters stopped at the feet of the Virgin Mary's statue, then receded. According to local history, this incident reinforced the notion that the Virgin Mary protected Pierre Part. Finally, a powerful hurricane in 1909 blew the statue over, breaking it. A large concrete statue was acquired to replace it and is still present on the island.

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