It’s Black History month and Shreveport played an important role in the nationwide Civil Rights movement.
We are taking you all along a Black History tour of Shreveport this week and our tour guide is Reverend Asriel McLain who is the associate minister here at Little Union Baptist Church.
Today we are exploring the history of Little Union Baptist Church.
“Our church was founded in 1892 on the Brownlee Plantation in Bossier Parish. The site of the plantation is Highway Three and Brownlee road ironically sheriff Whittington family owned the plantation at that time,” Reverand Asriel McLain said, “we got our name because of a group of persons who where sharecroppers wanted to hold services and the plantation owner was really reluctant to have that many blacks congregating and they said well sir it’s just a little a union and it stuck.”
“Our significance of course moved from Bossier Parish to this site in 1912 to the present building being built in 1949. Two significance in our history are Dr. King’s last visit was here in 1962 and Reverend Blake was beaten up on the church grounds after the mass rally’s ’63. This was the epi-center of all the activits in civil rights history in shreveport during that period. After reverend blake was beaten the students are booker t. Washington tried to have a marched protest, but it happened the night before and was stopped at the next block. Thats an event ill never forget because i was 10 years old and i stood on this spot here and watched it and of course i just police brutality at it’s worse. People just beaten and runned off out their homes and so futher,” McLain said.
You can follow all of our steps that we’re taking following civil rights leaders through out shreveport. Right here on online.