Faubourg St. John neighbor Richard Angelico is better known for his dedicated decades of service as an investigative reporter. Before he retired, he was known for “digging up mud” about the history of others. Now he digs in the mud to locate historical artifacts. Just like his journalism career, his present interest requires perspicacity and perspiration.
Mr. Angelico is part of a group known as “relic hunters”. Some hunt relics for profit but not Mr. Angelico. He does not sell what he finds but prefers to carefully preserve any museum quality items he finds. He is most proud of his recent find and says it is “a rare Louisiana Pelican Button made by Charles Bellenot who operated a shop at Exchange place and Bienville from 1851 to 1862. It is among the rarest of Louisiana Civil War Buttons.”