75. Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church, 1955

April 9, 1955

515 E. Bellevue Street

Opelousas is known as the “Cradle of Louisiana Methodism.” Missionary Elisha W. Bowman established the Methodist church here in 1806. It is the oldest Methodist church congregation west of the Mississippi River. The present church sits on the site where two earlier churches existed. The property for the church was purchased in 1857 from the Fonda family.

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