In 1720, 88 French women volunteered for travel to the Louisiana colony arriving Jan 8th , 1721 in Biloxi, at that time, the capital of Louisiana.
Unfortunately, the list of their names was lost for 266 years. Discovered mis-filed in the French Archives in 1987 and published by Bruce Ardoin in the National Genealogical Quarterly. They called them “Casket Girls”
The committee for the Baleine Brides Recognition Project invites you to attend a plaque dedication event.
We will be following the Jackson County guidance regarding covid-19 for social gatherings and plan to have a live video feed of the event on this Brides Facebook page.
Please join The La Baleine Committee for the dedication of a commemorative plaque, recognizing the contribution these pioneer women made to our heritage on the Gulf Coast.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. – Biloxi Visitor Center – near the D’Iberville statue
All descendants’ families are welcomed to attend and invited to contribute information about their lineage for updates on website labaleinebrides.org and Facebook “The Brides Project.” Randall Ladnier’s book will be available, along with information about the 300th Anniversary celebration planned for February 2021. #bridesoflabaleine
*Our thanks to the City of Biloxi, Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area; Mississippi Department of Marine Resources; Ocean Springs Historical Society; The Ladnier Families, Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society and the volunteer La Baleine Committee