1963 Plaquemine Civil Rights Demonstration and Panel Discussion
LSWIE3650 - August 23, 2013
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington but there were many civil rights demonstrations in Louisiana. In fact, just three days after the march, the old Plymouth Rock Baptist Church in Plaquemine was the site of a tumultuous event in Louisiana history. State Police troopers stormed the church on horseback and shot teargas into the congregation looking for James Farmer, founder of CORE. That’s the Congress of Racial Equality. Troopers considered Farmer an outside agitator. Shauna Sanford will have an in-depth look at what happened in Plaquemine in the summer of 1963. The story will be followed by an insightful conversation with Ms. Ethel Edwards and Mr. Torris Armstead both of whom were teenagers at the time and were at Plymouth Rock the night of the unrest. Professor Lance Hill, a civil rights historian at the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University will be part of the panel as well.
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