A civil rights marker will be unveiled in Bogalusa | News


Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism will soon unveil the new marker on the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail in Bogalusa, home of Robert “Bob” Hicks.

While the ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on Friday, the Nungesser announced on Wednesday that the event had been postponed with a new date to be set.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 837 E. 7th St., Bogalusa, followed by the unveiling at Robert “Bob” Hicks’ former home, 924 Robert “Bob” Hicks St.

The house was the base of operations for the Bogalusa civil rights movement. It was a regular meeting place for officers of the Civic and Electoral League of Bogalusa and the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality.

The house was a safe haven for civil rights workers and served as an emergency triage post, historians have said.

The breakfast room became the communications center for the Bogalusa Chapter of the Deacons of Defense and Justice, an armed vigilante group that protected civil rights defenders from violence. The salon was an unofficial office for civil rights lawyers who launched groundbreaking lawsuits in education, housing, and employment.

In August 2021, the 1967 Bogalusa to Baton Rouge March led by civil rights activist AZ Young, featuring Robert “Bob” Hicks and Gayle Jenkins, was recognized on Louisiana’s Civil Rights Trail with a marker at AZ Young Park adjacent to the Louisiana State Capitol.

The Civil Rights Markers are realistic life-size metal figures cut from steel and stand over 6 feet tall and weigh over 200 pounds. The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail is supported in part by an African-American Civil Rights Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.

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