South Baton Rouge

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Founded in 1699, Baton Rouge was the site of countless historic events and the home to many people, including those of African ancestry. South Baton Rouge is an African American community located in Baton Rouge. It was one of the first places African Americans could receive a high school education in the state. The three-mile community around historic McKinley High School was the site of the nation's first successful bus boycott. When laws restricted where African Americans could live, work, learn, and play, South Baton Rouge was a refuge. African American restaurants, theaters, gas stations, and other businesses populated the community, and change-makers, including African American lawyers, judges, clergy, educators, and nurses, helped to sustain the community and other portions of the southern half of Louisiana's capital through the end of legal segregation and beyond.
ISBN: 9781467124720
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 162
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lori Latrice Martin, PhD, associate professor of African American studies and sociology at Louisiana State University, and Raymond A. Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church and CEO of MetroMorphosis, collected images from individuals and families with connections to South Baton Rouge. Martin and Jetson also identified images housed in university and local libraries to tell the story of South Baton Rouge from the perspective of African Americans.
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