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The Big House (2021)

Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-10-08

Duration: 00:04:17

Subjects: African American business enterprises | African Americans | History


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Giron, Wilbert "Sub" Interviewee
  • Giron, Donald Interviewee
  • Malveaux, Betty Interviewee


This episode of the series “Safe Haven” from October 8, 2021, features Kara St. Cyr’s visit to the house formerly known as the Giron Tourist Home (The Big House) in Opelousas, one of the sites featured in “The Negro Motorists Green Book,” a travel guide that listed locations that were safe for African Americans to visit during segregation. She interviews: Wilbert “Sub” Giron, the grandson of the owner; Donald Giron, his cousin; and Betty Malveaux, the current resident of the house.