From Pointe-a-Pitre To New Orleans: The Bunel Family
Jack Bunel; Annette Ligniere Bunel
Kinchen explores her family’s French-American heritage by interviewing her great-grandparents, Jack and Annette Bunel. The Bunels were born in Guadeloupe and immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in New Orleans in the 1950s. The Bunel’s experiences as descendants of wealthy plantation owners lend insight into the dynamics of Guadeloupe in the 20th century when oppressed populations sought to address inequalities caused by centuries of colonization. Kinchen also reflects on her upbringing in Hammond, how she maintained connections to Louisiana while living in Wisconsin, and the role her late Uncle Sonny played in understanding her French heritage.
Neighborhood Story Project
Heritage; Immigration; Race; French-Americans; Creole; Guadeloupe; Colonialism; West Indies; Lesser Antilles; Ford Motor Company; Pan-American World Airways; Francophone; World War II
New Orleans, Louisiana; Guadeloupe; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; Hammond, Louisiana; Metairie, Louisiana; Covington, Louisiana; Normandy, France; Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe;
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Kinchen, Drew. “From Pointe-a-Pitre To New Orleans: The Bunel Family.” A Guide to South Louisiana: Stories of Uncommon Culture, edited by Rachel Breunlin, Neighborhood Story Project, 2017.