|T-shirt design from Dirty Coast in New Orleans|
A challenge I have faced in my short time at this park has been bridging the gap between myth and history regarding Jean Lafitte. He's a pirate! Contemporary memories of pirates include quirky quotes about the disappearance of rum. Pirates, especially those that lived during the "Golden Age of Piracy," have levels of romanticism, mystery, and legends associated with them. Jean Lafitte's lore, especially in south Louisiana, seamlessly exists with the histories of the area. Hence the T-shirt produced by a New Orleans-based design company.
My professional self and personal self had a minor battle over this shirt until a comrade of mine offered a suggestion. "Why don't you research and write about pop culture's impact on the memory of Jean Lafitte and the difficulty of presenting history?" Brilliance. So I have found my new project, one that has been in the making for a while, and now I don't feel guilty about buying (yet another) pirate shirt.