Jeanerette Museum Hosts The World Will Move Travelling Exhibit
The Jeanerette Museum is hosting the traveling exhibit, The World Will Move: Civil Rights & Public Transportation in Louisiana 1860s-1950s from Jan. 26 through March 6. The exhibit from the Louisiana State Museum uses vintage photographs, prints, newspaper articles and artifacts to tell the story of African Americans who challenged discrimination on streetcars, steamboats, trains and buses. The museum will also present photographs of local transportation. For more information on this exhibit contact the museum Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 337-276-4408, visit their webpage at www.jeanerettemuseum.com; email the museum at or like the museum on Facebook.
Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott explored in film viewing
The Jeanerette Museum will host a public viewing of the one hour documentary, Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The film recounts the circumstances and events that led to the nation’s first large-scale boycott protesting segregation and then examines its impact on the evolution of grassroots civil rights activism across the country during the early years of America's Civil Rights Movement.
In 1953, led by a handful of determined young men and women, the African American citizens of Louisiana’s capital city led a quiet revolt. Nearly three years before the famous bus boycott in Montgomery paralyzed that city and captured national attention, the African American citizens of Baton Rouge organized the nation’s first large-scale boycott challenging segregation. The city’s black residents pulled together in solidarity to make the boycott effective, organizing an intricate carpool system. In just eight days they brought the city’s bus system to its knees. This boycott would become a defining moment in the birth of America ’s struggle over civil rights. In years to come, lessons about the boycott’s successes and failures would provide momentum for the social revolution igniting throughout the South.
The film viewing is being held free of charge for more information,contact the museum Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 337-276-4408, visit their webpage at www.jeanerettemuseum.com; email the museum at or like the museum on Facebook.
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