Organizers look to restore historic theater
Posted: Jan 07, 2010 3:53 PM CST Updated: Jan 08, 2010 8:04 AM CST
By Caroline Moses – bio | email
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – It was possibly the most prestigious place in Baton Rouge at one time, but through the years the Lincoln Theater on Myrtle Street transformed into a “treasure in trouble.” That is until the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame bought the property last month. Now organizers promise to restore the building, it’s history and possibly the entire community.
“We didn’t want to pass by and all of a sudden not see it,” said long-time Baton Rougean Brenda Perry.
Perry drives by the old Lincoln Theater building almost everyday. It looks much different now than it did in its heyday in the 1950’s.
“The foundation, the blueprints of the civil rights movement started right here in Baton Rouge with the Baton Rouge bus boycott. From that, as you know, made the nation use our blueprint to help with the big bus boycott from King. As a matter of fact he came here to get the advice from T. J. Jemison,” said Perry.
There is a picture of local civil rights pioneer T. J. Jemison and Dr. Martin Luther King Junior together at the Lincoln Theater. It’s where Perry says King came to learn how little old Baton Rouge pulled off their own bus boycott.