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Horatio's Esso Service Station #2 (2021)

Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-10-22

Duration: 00:04:11

Subjects: African American business enterprises | African Americans | History | Civil Rights | Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, Baton Rouge, La., 1953 | SERVICE STATIONS


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Honore, Dalton Interviewee


This episode of the series “Safe Haven” from October 22, 2021, features Kara St. Cyr’s visit to the site of Horatio’s Esso Service Station #2 in Scotlandville in East Baton Rouge Parish, one of the businesses featured in “The Negro Motorists Green Book,” a travel guide that listed locations that were safe for African Americans to visit during segregation. St. Cyr reports that Horatio Thompson was the first African American to own an Esso franchise in the South. She interviews former State Representative Dalton Honore, who discusses the importance of the gas station to the African American community and the important role it played during the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.