We are taking a tour down memory lane, following the footsteps of civil rights leaders who walked through Shreveport.
Today our tour guide is Reverend Asriel McLain who is the associate minister here at Little Union Baptist Church.
And today’s stop is Old Galilee Baptist Church.
“Well first the church was built by a former slave, “But Reverand Asriel McLain say’s, “it’s significance in the movement this was the very first appearance of Dr. King here in Shreveport 1958. He was invited by Dr. C.O Simpkins as well as Mamie Love Wallace and Mrs. Bernice Smith who are now deceased. The meeting involved a voter registration rally as well as give a boost to the movement here. Also in this place strategies where laid to sue for desegregation of our Caddo Public schools here in Shreveport.”
Reverend McLain remembers his time at the time at the church was.
“Well my fondest memory was actually coming to service here under the pastor of Dr. E. Edward Jones who was a civil rights activists during this time,” Reverend McLain said.
You can follow all of our steps that we’re taking following civil rights leaders throughout Shreveport. Right here online.