Thursday, April 18, 2024

African-American exhibit available at Spring Street Historical Museum

by BIZ Magazine

A museum exhibit dedicated to African-Americans struggle for equality in Shreveport is available to view at the Spring Street Historical Museum, a property operated by LSUS.

The exhibit titled “The Struggle for African-American Equality in Shreveport” will be accessible through Feb. 29.

“The exhibit covers the period from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement,” said Claudia Finley operations manager for the museum. “The goal of this exhibit is to recognize the African-Americans that dedicated their lives for equality in Shreveport, especially those whose names have been lost to history until now.

“We have an interactive digital map from the Clio app with important Civil Rights landmarks as well as a digital exhibit with in-depth history from the period.”

Policemen line up to thwart protest attempts near Little Union Baptist Church on Milam Street on Sept. 22, 1963.

A permanent exhibit, which is based upon the research that LSUS history professor Dr. Gary Joiner has performed in his construction of the Civil Rights Heritage Trail, will remain as an interactive exhibit that details important landmarks, events and figures in the Caddo Parish Civil Rights Movement.

Photos from the Northwest Louisiana Archives as well as historical descriptions of key people and places is an extension of the interactive map.

The Spring Street Historical Museum is located in downtown Shreveport near the corner of Spring and Milam (525 Spring Street).

The museum is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The building itself is historic, potentially the oldest existing building from the original town. The building dates back to 1866 as Tally’s Bank, and the original vault is still intact even though banking hasn’t been conducted in the building since 1903.

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