About Us

In 1880, the first railroad entered Lafayette, then known as Vermilionville, creating the first transportation divide separating McComb-Veazey from the urban core. The railroad was not the first dissection of the area, but later in the 1960s, the Evangeline Throughway, I-49 Interstate created an even wider gap. Sanborn maps over those years display a slow dismantling of once thriving, dense, healthy neighborhoods. McComb-Veazey has always been a lively, diverse family neighborhood with markets, bars, homes, churches, and was very much a part of the urban core of Lafayette and the home to many Creole families and musicians. Much of the neighborhood history including the Black Mardi Gras, Creole cowboy trail rides, being the late home of the Father of Zydeco Clifton Chenier, and home to Creole food and traditions have not been told or shared or celebrated in a grand way.  The commitment of residents has slowly changed that, but there is much more work to be done to preserve our neighborhood heritage and this rare and unique culture for not only Louisiana but for the United States of America.