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The Beauty Schools (2021)

Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book



Genre: Documentary

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-11-05

Duration: 00:06:30

Subjects: African American business enterprises | African Americans | History | Women | Beauty schools


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • McDonald, Mada Interviewee


This episode of the series “Safe Haven” from November 5, 2021, features Kara St. Cyr’s profile of Poro’s Beauty School in New Orleans and Carrie’s Beauty School in Baton Rouge, two of the businesses owned by African American women that were 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 Mada McDonald, the granddaughter of Poro’s founder Mada Porter Edwards, who discusses how the beauty schools empowered African American women.