Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco honored with marker

May 13, 2021 GMT

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A new historical marker honoring the late Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has been unveiled in her hometown of New Iberia.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and other state and local officials were in New Iberia on Wednesday for the ceremony held to recognize Louisiana’s first female governor.

Blanco died in 2019 after a lengthy bout with cancer. She was 76.

New Iberia Mayor Freddie Decourt told news outlets the city is proud to honor Blanco, who made an impact on so many.

“She made not only a huge difference, you can tell our community loved her. Not that she didn’t make a difference across the state, it just shows how a local person from New Iberia, a woman, can make just such a huge impact for our community. But not only that, for our whole state,” he said.

During the ceremony, officials announced that the Bayou Teche Museum will also display a memorial exhibiting a life-sized statue of Blanco. In addition, a hologram is expected to be completed in about a year.