Come along a Black History tour of Shreveport

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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 Freeman and Harris Cafe.

“This was a gathering spot for meals lunches and dinners after mass meetings and strategy sessions. Dr. King and Reverend Abernathy and other leaders ate here. Also as black politicals increased in Shreveport,  white politicians would solicit votes from pastor’s who would often dine with us. It was also the gathering spots for many local black organizations to meet and eat also,” Reverend Asriel McLain said.

One of Reverend McLain’s fondest memories of this place was.

Reverend McLain say’s,” as a boy I think I was 12 or 13 in the mid-’60s when a white politician met with ministers and I came along me and my father, the gentleman was campaigning for judge in the city of Shreveport, that’s one of the memories that come to fruition.”

You can follow all of our steps that we’re taking following civil rights leaders throughout Shreveport. Right here online.

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