Black History Month Program at State Library of Louisiana to Focus on the History of Scotlandville
BATON ROUGE – Celebrating Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana welcomes Dr. Rachel L. Emanuel, coauthor of Images of America: Scotlandville, on Tuesday, February 21, at noon, for a discussion of the book in the State Library’s Seminar Center, 701 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge.
A rural village that was once the entry point for the slave trade and home to a cotton plantation, Scotlandville became the largest majority African-American town in Louisiana. Located in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, Scotlandville's history is intricately tied to the historically black Southern University and A&M College, relocated on the Mississippi River bluff in 1914.
Through excerpts from the pictorial history book, Emanuel will discuss the once-vibrant community presented through the theme of firsts in businesses, churches, schools, residential developments, politics, and more. The tale of triumph and struggle against racism, inequality, and oppression should be of special interest during the current push for revitalization of the area.
This event is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches and come and go as their schedules allow.Books will be available for purchase from the author.
The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries.For more information, visit www.state.lib.la.us.
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