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Jake's Cafe (2021)

Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-11-15

Duration: 00:03:30

Subjects: African American business enterprises | African Americans | History


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Reese, Grace Interviewee
  • Williams, Princella Interviewee
  • Smith, Ira Interviewee
  • Alexander, William Interviewee
  • Mitchell, Bunny Interviewee


This episode of the series “Safe Haven” from November 15, 2021, features Kara St. Cyr’s visit to an exhibit at the Snyder Museum and the former site of Jake’s Café and Tourist Home in Bastrop, 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 Grace Reese, Princella Williams, Ira Smith, Dr. William Alexander, and Bunny Mitchell, who discuss the importance of Jake’s Café and share their memories of the business.