|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1903|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1984|
Rites held Saturday for Carl Alexander, of Epps, "Father of Poverty Point"
Carl C. Alexander, 80, of Epps, expired Friday at Richland Parish Nursing home from the effects of a lengthy illness. Alexander, more than any other single individual, earned the unofficial title of "Father of Poverty Point."
Services were conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday from Cox Funeral Home chapel in Delhi with the Rev. J.P. Harvey officiating. Burial followed in the Epps cemetery.
He was retired from the United States Navy, a member of the Louisiana Archaeological Society and a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include one sister, Eva Rusk, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Levon Morrow, Ovis Franklin, Larry Hale, Don Raley, Dennis Labatt and Mitchell Hillman.
Alexander began collecting indian artifacts from the Poverty Point culture site as a child during the early part of this century and, after retirement from the Navy, returned to his passion for collecting, cataloging and displaying the artifacts he gathered from the mounds south of Old Floyd.
It was to Carl Alexander's collection of artifacts that the late Dr. James A. Ford of the American Museum of Natural History turned in 1954 and 1955 for evidence that supplemented his on-site excavations that were part of the research for an article "The Puzzle of Poverty Point" that appeared in Natural History in November 1955.
This article was the beginning of the fame of Poverty Point and which later led to it being made a state commemorative area.
During his lifetime, Alexander amassed two tremendous collections of artifacts from Poverty Point Indian Culture, cataloging each of the finds. One of these was donated to the University of Florida and the other to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The University of Florida returned the collection to Poverty Point State Commemorative Area and it is now an integral part of the site's archaeological laboratory.
The West Carroll Gazette, January 18, 1984.
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