NEW IBERIA, La (KLFY) - Today, the Bayou Teche Museum honored two of its most distinguished natives.
City officials broke ground on the new park dedicated to the world-renowned artist George Rodrigue. Rodriguse was born in New Iberia and his "Blue Dog" paintings have become iconic. The new park will feature an original 8-foot sculpture of the Blue Dog and a timeline of Rodrigue’s life. “It’s public art, which is always a great thing. People are going to gather here to learn, develop friendships, and just have a great time downtown,” says Paul Schexnayder.
The city also celebrated the opening of the Doc Voorhies Wing of the museum and the dedication of an exhibition that will honor the first female governor and only governor from Iberia Parish, Kathleen Blanco.
“To be able to bring state dollars through the capital outlay program to the Bayou Teche Museum and to have it go to such a wonderful cause like the Kathleen Blanco exhibit hall, and the exhibits that are going to be there to honor her- I think it’s incredibly important," said Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Edwards said Thursday's exhibit announcements and park groundbreaking make it a special day in New Iberia.
Construction should begin on the museum and the park in a month.