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Meetings to ID locations for Louisiana Civil Rights Trail to begin

Posted: 12:10 PM, Apr 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-21 13:10:13-04

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will host a series of statewide meetings over the next several months to help identify locations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. Two will be in Acadiana.

This trail will help tell the story of the role Louisiana played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Nine meetings are scheduled across the state in April and May. These gatherings are designed to get input from citizens across Louisiana, to identify and interpret historic events, physical structures, and locations that helped shape Civil Rights history.

“We got the ball rolling late last year when we gathered citizens, stakeholders, civic leaders, and lawmakers in Baton Rouge to begin the initial process of sharing ideas in the development of the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail,” said Nungesser. “That meeting was the foundation to this next step of traveling across Louisiana in order to get a full appreciation of the potential important stories, people, and locations in our state that highlight an important time in our history.”

The statewide meetings will provide an overview of the project, discuss the nomination process and criteria, as well as answer questions attendees may have.

Here’s the meeting schedule:

Monday, April 22 – New Orleans
Small Center
1725 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, April 22 – Hammond
Tangipahoa Parish African American Museum
1600 Phoenix Square
Hammond, LA 70403
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, April 29 – Lafayette
Clifton Chenier Center
220 West Willow Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, April 29 – Opelousas
St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission
978 Kennerson Road (exit 23 off I-49)
Opelousas, LA 70570
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30 – Alexandria
Kent House
3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, LA 71303
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, May 6 – Thibodaux
Jean Lafitte Wetland Acadian Center
314 St. Mary Street
Thibodaux, LA 70301
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21 – Monroe
NE Louisiana Delta African American Museum
1051 Chenault Park Road
Monroe, LA 71203
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21 – Shreveport
Valencia Recreation Center
1800 Viking Drive
Shreveport, LA 71101
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 – Lake Charles
SW Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
4310 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.