A life-size statue honoring slain musician Amédé Ardoin was unveiled Sunday at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center, located at Interstate 49 exit 23 in Opelousas.

Russell Whiting of Henderson, a welder-turned-sculptor with art all over the country, was commissioned to build the memorial.

March 11, 2018, is the anniversary of Ardoin’s birth.

Other than the 34 songs he recorded between 1929 and 1934, Ardoin left little other evidence of his short life.

According to reports, he was severely beaten for using a white woman’s handkerchief to wipe his sweaty brow.

He never recovered and was eventually committed to the state mental institution in Pineville.

Ardoin, who died in 1942, is buried there in an unmarked grave.