As part of the celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana welcomes Dr. Rachel L. Emanuel, co-author of Images of America: Scotlandville, this Tuesday for a discussion of the book in the State Library’s Seminar Center.
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.
Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches and come and go as their schedules allow. Discussion at noon. Books will be available for purchase. Free; no registration required. state.lib.la.us.