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Meetings held to determine location of Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

Posted at 9:58 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 23:16:42-04

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was in St. Landry and Lafayette Parish today as part of a series of statewide meetings to help identify locations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail.

According to Nungesser, this trail will help tell the overarching story Louisiana played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Nine meetings were scheduled across the state in April and May. These gatherings are designed to get valuable 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 Lieutenant Governor Billy 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.

“I encourage all interested parties to participate in this very important process with our statewide meetings. Information from these initial meetings will be vital in moving forward with the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail,” added Lt. Governor Nungesser.

The following dates are left on the schedule:

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.