New book offers 'Glimpses of Black Life along Bayou Lafourche'

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

In his new book, Glimpses of Black Life along Bayou Lafourche, author Curtis J. Johnson looks back to his family's journey as it converged with a number of remarkable episodes in the history of Bayou Lafourche communities. Johnson's compelling work is both a chronicle of the growth of a region and a celebration of a rich family heritage.

Glimpses of Black Life along Bayou Lafourche describes experiences of black people who lived throughout the Mississippi River–Bayou Lafourche Region of South Louisiana during the period 1875–1975. These writings cover four parishes (counties) including Saint James, Ascension, Assumption, and Lafourche. This area of Louisiana is steeped in American history, beginning in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase.

Johnson's reflections on different elements that make up the rich and colorful history and culture of Bayou Lafourche—including the Great Depression, cuisine, folklore, family life, music and the revered "hometown heroes"— capture the region's uniqueness.

Edifying, informative and thoroughly engrossing, Glimpses of Black Life along Bayou Lafourche captures the sweep of the history of a region and its people as it reveals a triumphant testament of human resilience.

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About the author

Curtis Joseph Johnson was born on October 14, 1931, in Port Barrow (later Donaldsonville), Louisiana. He cannot recall having a boring day in his life, especially during his early childhood and teen years. These times were filled with unlimited fun activities as well as learning experiences every day of each year. He was active in programs from elementary school through college, and his work history covered a wide and diverse range of opportunities. As a teenager, these included selling vegetables and river shrimp, grassing rice, cutting firewood, to name several.

After college, he completed an army career, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He worked in public administration, receiving two Governor's Distinguished Service Awards, served as a community college and university instructor and business consultant and trainer.