Clifton Chenier, the Grammy-winning "King of Zydeco" music, was born June 25, 1925, near Opelousas, Louisiana. 2025 marks the 100th anniversary of Clifton Chenier’s birth. The ZHPS is spearheading a fundraising effort to honor and recognize the centennial birth of Clifton Chenier by commissioning the design, construction and placement of a bronze statue for the late "King of Zydeco" music. The centennial commemorative statue of Clifton Chenier will become a critical historic part of The National Creole & Zydeco Heritage Trail Project.
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The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. (ZHPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, understanding, and development of Zydeco music, history, and culture as well as rural Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas. The ZHPS was established in 2000 in Opelousas, Louisiana by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of Zydeco Music and Creole heritage that included structures, oral and musical traditions and memories. www.ZHPS.org