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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

T-Boy Berzas


T-Boy’s Slaughterhouse

Paul Nathan Berzas is the youngest of nine children. All his life he’s been known as T-Boy, a Cajun nickname for the youngest in the brood. Growing up, T-Boy, along with his brothers and sisters, pitched in on the family farm. They harvested rice, picked soybeans, and slaughtered hogs, all of which they ate. When T-Boy got older, he worked a variety of odd jobs in his hometown of Mamou, including as a butcher at a meat market. In 1994 he had the opportunity to purchase a local slaughterhouse that had gone out of business. Today, T-Boy’s Slaughterhouse is the last of its kind in Evangeline Parish. It’s the only place where locals can bring animals for custom slaughtering. And it’s the only place where a hog goes from the barn to boudin in only about fifteen steps.

Date of interview:
2008-10-11 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy C. Evans

Photographer:
Amy C. Evans

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