Loss of ‘Lady Mural’ inspires story contest

Who is the pretty lady at the train depot? DeQuincy News and DeQuincy Garden Club are asking you to tell her story!

The Story Contest winner will receive $250 with honorable mention receiving $100.

Story contest rules are:

  1. Must not be over 1500 words.
  2. List contestant’s name, address, phone number and email.
  3. To be considered a valid entry, the story cannot be published anywhere or posted on social media until after winners are announced and published in the DeQuincy News.
  4. The DeQuincy News will have the right to publish all entries in their newspaper if and when desired.

Judging will be based on the following:

  1. Assume the lady is arriving, departing or as least passing through DeQuincy on a train between 1923 (year depot began operation) and 1971 (year last passenger train came through DeQuincy).
  2. Creativity and authenticity using these assumptions.
  3. Proper spelling, punctuation, etc. while not expecting entries to be as if written by professional authors, do your best to follow proper grammatical principles.

The deadline for entries will be Monday, Apr. 5 at 5 p.m. Submit entries to dequincynews@centurytel.net

Winners will be announced in the DeQuincy News in the Wednesday, Apr. 14, edition.

“The Lady Mural” was on the building that housed many businesses the last of which was The Fitness Track. Demolition was deemed necessary due to excessive damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. The building was taken down on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

“The Lady”, replicated from an actual photo, was painted in 2013 by artists Susan Clark and Julie Broussard, both of Sulphur. The mural was made possible by a grant to the DeQuincy Garden Club by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.