BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A local community group is making repairs to a stadium that once took part in a historic boycott during the Civil Rights Movement.
The One Blood BR committee, who are organizing a faith-based event aimed at uniting racial groups in the city, has been repairing about 3,000 seats at the Memorial Stadium. Pastor Devin O’Neal, who’s leading the initiative, said he wants to make sure there’s plenty of room for everyone.
The stadium can seat over 21,000 people, and is used to host local high school football games. One Blood organizers hope to fill up the seats for their One Blood Revival event, scheduled for April 12 and 13, to fulfill its mission of trying to reduce crime in the community. A line of speakers are slated to speak at the event, and organizers are looking for volunteers to help out.
Sixty-six years ago, the stadium was the setting for the Baton Rouge bus boycotts, which inspired the bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama.