BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It is the national observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Here are some events around the Baton Rouge area. If you have an event you'd like us to include, send a news release to
Magnolia Cemetery Restoration Project
Mayor Kip Holden would like to encourage Baton Rouge area residents to make it "a day on, not a day off" by signing up to restore the outer walls of the historic Magnolia Cemetery. This is a four-block cemetery bordered by 19th Street, Main Street, 21st Street and Florida Boulevard. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. The service project will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
West Baton Rouge Museum
There will be a film discussion at noon presented by Aaron Sheehan-Dean, an LSU professor, about the documentary "The Abolitionists," which focuses on efforts that led to the Civil Rights movement. The museum is also open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.
The public is also invited to walk through the "Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard" exhibit, which features the history of the Louisiana Native Guard which is the first Black troops to be ushered into the Union Army during the American Civil War.
A march will start at the Outreach Civic Center in Walker at 9:15 a.m. It will go out toward the freshman school and back. The center is located on Sunset Lane. Following the march, there will be a program honoring Dr. King starting at 10 a.m. at the center.