West Baton Rouge Museum presents "Freedom Riders" documentary

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - In celebration of Black History Month, the West Baton Rouge Museum will present the Emmy-award winning documentary "Freedom Riders" followed by a discussion. The event will take place at the museum, 845 North Jefferson Avenue, in Port Allen, on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.

The documentary tells the 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. These "Freedom Rides" took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South in 1961.

The discussion will be led by Dr. Rachel Emmanuel from the Southern University Law Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (225) 336-2422 x15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

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