- Pierre “Caliste” Landry was born on the plantation of Dr. F. Prevost on April 19, 1841. Prior to 1866, Pierre Caliste Landry, was known simply as “Caliste”.
- He was reared by two free people of color, Pierre Bouissiac and his wife Zaides where he was allowed to attend school for the free children of color.
- In May of 1854, at the age of thirteen, he was sold at auction for $1,665.00 to the highest bidder.
- He relocated to Donaldsonville, LA. with his family at the end of the Civil War. At that time, Donaldsonville had the state’s third-largest African-American community.
- Landry was married twice and fathered fourteen children that were all college educated.
- Pierre C. Landry owned a small store and was reported to be the first freed man to build, and own his home in Donaldsonville.
- In 1868, he was elected mayor of Donaldsonville, becoming the first African-American mayor.
- Landry is credited with introducing a legislative bills that established New Orleans University. Landry was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for New Orleans University. New Orleans University became Dillard University.
- Landry was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1872 and was elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 1874, where he served until 1880.
- Currently, his home and church remain a part of the historic district of Donaldsonville, LA.
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