In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, NCPTT, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Cane River National Heritage Area, and the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a special Naturalization Ceremony. 24 new citizens, representing 13 countries, took their Oath of Allegiance in front of a supportive crowd of over 100 attendees.
Following the presentation of the colors by Natchitoches Central High School JROTC and a performance by the NSU Middle Lab 8th Grade Orchestra, Lousiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser welcomed the new US citizens. Jim Henderson, NSU President, Rick Nowlin, Natchitoches Parish President, and Lee Posey, Natchitoches Mayor, were also in attendance. One of the attendees, who’s mother received citizenship, thanked NCPTT for a “touching ceremony that made his mother feel proud and welcome.”
The premiere of “Juke Joints, Dance Halls, and House Parties: The Legacy of Live Music on the Cane River,” immediately followed the ceremony. The documentary, produced by Cane River Creole National Historical park, explores the tradition of live musical performance of Creole music, blues, jazz, and early rock and roll along the shores of the Cane River. NCPTT was thrilled and honored to host this event and welcome these new citizens on what was truly a special day for everyone.