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Baton Rouge's Troubled Waters (2008)



Genre: Documentary

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-02-26

Duration: 00:57:23

Subjects: History | African Americans | Segregation | Civil Rights | SWIMMING POOLS | Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, 1953 | School integration. | Desegregation | Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge


  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • White, Trudy Writer
  • Bailey, Milton Narrator
  • Butler, Edmae Interviewee
  • Delpit, Joe Interviewee
  • Smith, Charles T. Interviewee
  • Lawless, Marjorie Interviewee
  • Dalcourt, Elvin Interviewee
  • Byrd, Adolph Interviewee
  • Williams, Theda Martinez Interviewee
  • Tacneau, Thelma Cary Interviewee
  • Warren, Almenia Freeman Interviewee
  • Baker-White, Avis Interviewee
  • Anderson, Dupuy Speaker
  • Jones, Johnnie Interviewee
  • Rivers, Freya Rivers Interviewee
  • Hall, Sidney Interviewee
  • Rutledge, Domoine Interviewee
  • Placide, Charlotte Interviewee
  • Godfrey, Brace Interviewee
  • George, Pearl Speaker
  • Claiborne, Betty Interviewee
  • Burns, Paul Interviewee
  • Temple, Collis, Jr. Interviewee
  • White, Trudy Interviewee
  • Bowman, Betta Interviewee


A 2008 documentary chronicling the efforts of the African American community in Baton Rouge to integrate public facilities. It covers: the self-sufficient black community in south Baton Rouge during segregation; the white-only City Park pool and the lack of safe swimming areas for black children; the drowning of several black children in area swimming holes; the formation of the United Negro Recreational Association (UNRA) and their work in building the playground and swimming pool at Brooks Park; the efforts of the black community to integrate the city bus system, public schools, local pools, and City Hall; the building of the new McKinley Middle Magnet School next to Brooks Park; and the efforts to preserve the history and accomplishments of the UNRA. Narrator: Milton Bailey