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Feb. 2, 2015

For Immediate Release

Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540

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Jeanerette Museum: Signpost to Freedom Film Viewing

Jeanerette Museum


JEANERETTE, La. --- The Jeanerette Museum is hosting a public film viewing of the one hour documentary, Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, at 6 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 11 at 500 E. Main St.


The film, produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, recounts the circumstances and events that led to the nation's first large-scale boycott protesting segregation and then examines its impact on the evolution of grassroots civil rights activism across the country during the early years of America's Civil Rights Movement.

In 1953, led by a handful of determined young men and women, the African American citizens of Louisiana's capital city led a quiet revolt. Nearly three years before the famous bus boycott in Montgomery paralyzed that city and captured national attention, the African American citizens of Baton Rouge organized the nation's first large-scale boycott challenging segregation. 


The city's black residents pulled together in solidarity to make the boycott effective, organizing an intricate carpool system. In just eight days they brought the city's bus system to its knees. 


This boycott would become a defining moment in the birth of America's struggle over civil rights. In years to come, lessons about the boycott's successes and failures would provide momentum for the social revolution igniting throughout the South.

Signpost features interviews with eminent civil rights scholars and the personal stories of the boycott's primary participants and witnesses. Rare archival photographs, film footage, and newspaper articles help in presenting a complete and accurate presentation of the boycott's history.

For more information on this free program suitable for an adult audience, contact the Jeanerette Museum Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 337-276-4408, visit their webpage at JeaneretteMuseum.com; e-mail jeanerettemuseum@yahoo.com or like the museum on Facebook.



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The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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