Cate Square
Hammond, Louisiana

By Henry H. Mitchell.

Cate Square

Cate Square provides a beautiful green space in historic downtown Hammond, Louisiana.

Walter A. Reed, M. D., memorial sculpture

Walter A. Reed, M. D.

From the memorial plaque in Cate Square:

“Dr. Reed was the first African American physician within Hammond and its vicinity. He represents the spirit of personal accomplishment and dedication to the community, which serves as an example to all of us.”

Joe DeMarco memorial sculpture

Joe DeMarco

From the memorial plaque in Cate Square:

“As a young man, Joe DeMarco immigrated from Italy to America and settled in Hammond, Louisiana. He began picking strawberries, and eventually started one of the area's three strawberry associations. With his success, he developed a reputation for his honesty and generosity to those less fortunate.”

Cate Square historical marker

Home of Charles Emery Cate

From the historical marker:

“C. E. Cate first settled here in 1861 and erected a saw mill, a tannery, and a shoe factory which supplied many shoes for the army of the C.S.A. After the Civil War, he played a major role in planning and promoting the town and in establishing its first school and church. (Documented by Department of History, Louisiana State University)”