Mossville History Project will help preserve memories, culture

Published: Mar. 28, 2015 at 2:50 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2016 at 2:50 AM CDT
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MOSSVILLE, LA (KPLC) - The growth of Sasol will likely mean the end of Mossville.

A predominantly African American community between Westlake and Sulphur.

Residents there were offered voluntary buyouts by Sasol, but many complained the offers were too low to give up their community.

With Mossville's days numbered, at least, there's an effort to preserve its history one story at a time.

Imperial Calcasieu Museum's Oral History Day for the Mossville History Project was held at the Rigmaiden Center in Westlake Friday.

Researchers wanted to hear from residents to share their knowledge of original settlers and their descendants.

"The community of Mossville is going to be extinct pretty soon due to a changing landscape which happens a lot times all across the country. We don't want all that reach history of this community from the 1800s to now not to be known," said Susan Reed of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum.

A $275,000 grant from SASOL is helping fund this effort to capture, record, preserve and make available the written and oral history of the people and community of Mossville.

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