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Learn About Baton Rouge and Its Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement During This Exhibit

From Louis Armstrong to Huey P. Long, from Mardi Gras to fais-do-do, and from the nation-building commerce of the Mississippi River to the life-sustaining bounty of the Gulf of Mexico, the Capitol Park Museum provides a panoramic exploration of the most vibrant state in America. This Saturday, the museum is honored to present the 1966 Cadillac Superior Coach hearse that transported the body of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. after his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

The 1966 Cadillac Superior Coach hearse carried King’s body from the hospital to the funeral home and then from the funeral home to the Memphis airport where it was received by his widow, Coretta Scott King. King’s body was flown to Atlanta where he was eventually laid to rest. The hearse will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition Carrying on the Dream.

Visitors can learn more about the history of the civil rights movement in Louisiana in the permanent exhibition, Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation, which is located on the museum’s first floor. Part this exhibition focuses on the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953, which King saw as a model for the Montgomery Bus Boycott that he helped organized in 1955.

The Capitol Park Museum tells a story of passion, adventure, and discovery that could have happened only in the Bayou State.
See how American Indians; colonists from France, Spain and Britain; enslaved Africans and Acadians from Nova Scotia—eventually known as Cajuns—populated and cultivated Louisiana, shaping it into one of the most culturally rich regions in the world.

Visit the Capitol Park Museum and explore a way of life like no other.

Admission to Carrying on the Dream is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and active military. For more information, visit www.louisianastatemuseum.org.

It’s hard to leave home sometimes – trust us, we know. But The Palms at Juban Lakes Apartments in Denham Springs, Louisiana believes it is important to not only stay active in your community but to also express curiosity about new subjects. This event is the perfect chance to spread your roots and learn new things!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, August 3, 2019—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Capitol Park Museum
660 North Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

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