May 15, 2017 ~ Former LA Creole President Honored

Gregor Trumel, French Consul General, presents Dr. Elizabeth Moore rhodes with the medal recognizing her as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Dr. Elizabeth Moore Rhodes, former president and charter member of LA Creole, was recently recognized as a Knight of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by Mr. Gregor Trumel, the Consul General of France.

According to Mr. Trumel,  “With this distinction, the French Republic honors Dr. Rhodes as an ally to francophonie in the United States.” She was recognized, in part, for her work with the consul general in establishing cordial relations between Louisiana and the French Antilles.

Dr. Rhodes has dedicated her life to education, spending 26 years teaching at Xavier University of New Orleans, and working tirelessly with the Louisiana Creole Research Association in furthering studies of French Creole heritage in Louisiana. 

Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon to honor eminent members of the University of Paris, the Order of Academic Palms has evolved into a national order of France for distinguished academics and other figures in the world of culture and education.


Medal signifying a chevalier (knight) in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Dr. Anne McCall, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier University of New Orleans, introduces Dr. Rhodes.

Dr. Ronald Dorris, XU faculty; Marvin Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff; Dr. Rhodes; Gregor Trumel, French Consul General

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