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The YMCA in Shreveport (2021)

Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-11-12

Duration: 00:03:30

Subjects: African Americans | History | Segregation | YMCA


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Washington, Rutha Interviewee


This episode of the series “Safe Haven” from November 12, 2021, features Kara St. Cyr’s visit to the former site of the George Washington Carver branch of the YMCA in Shreveport, 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. She interviews Rutha Washington, who discusses segregation in Shreveport and the importance of the YMCA to the African American community.