François Lacroix was a philanthropist. The documents displayed on this and the following pages show that he was an incorporator of both the Société Pour L'education des Orphelins des Indigenes de la 3me District and La Société de la Sainte Famille. The first-named organization worked to bring to fruition the school for orphans provided for by Marie Couvent in her last will and testament. For many years it operated a school for orphans at the corner of Burgundy and Touro Streets in the Faubourg Marigny. The latter association, founded by Henriette Delille, also cared for needy New Orleanians and educated young women. The Sisters of the Holy Family continue their good works in the twenty-first century.

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