WBR Museum hosts discussion on Freedom Riders Feb. 9

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a discussion about the documentary Freedom Riders on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. led by Dr. Rachel Emanuel from the Southern University Law Center.

The program is part of the museum's series of black history film showings and discussions called "Created Equal."

The West Baton Rouge Museum is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a Created Equal grant, which includes a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement.

The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.

The program on February 9th will include a showing of several clips from the Emmy-winning documentary film Freedom Riders, although visitors may watch the film in its entirety Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at the BRCC Magnolia Theater or at 6:30 p.m. at Southern University's John B. Cade Library.

Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information please call 225-336-2422 x15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.