POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — A $500 reward was set up after the disappearance of the author Ernest Gaines’s marker in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Pointe Coupee Parish Government officials said the reward will be given if the marker is returned or an arrest is made.

The marker reads: “In his youth, Pointe Coupee native and internationally acclaimed award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines passed this four-hundred-year-old live oak on his walks to the grocery store from nearby River Lake Plantation. In his famous novel, ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’ Miss Jane sees the live oak as a symbol of enduring strength as she tells the story of her life from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.”

The Associated Press recently reported that Gaines will be depicted on a postage stamp in January as part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage series.

Anyone with information on the missing marker is asked to call the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-694-3737.