Evangeline

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Although not the original film adaptation of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic about the journey of the Acadians, the film's most popular screen version was released in 1929 by United Artists. Legendary actress Dolores Del Rio starred as the namesake character Evangeline, and Roland Drew as her love Gabriel. Ms. Del Rio was so enamored of the state and its people that she contributed to a fund to restore the supposed burial place of the real Evangeline. A statue of Evangeline — posed for by Ms. Del Rio - was donated to the town of St. Martinville by the film's cast and crew and is still on display just outside St. Martin de Tours chapel, the Acadians’ Mother Church. Visitors can also complete a walking tour of St. Martin Square or Evangeline Oak Park.