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Cane River Baptism (1997)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Melrose, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-11-14

Duration: 00:06:25

Subjects: Religion


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Randolph, Murphy Interviewee
  • Tenaris, Willie Mae Interviewee
  • Williams, Ambrose Interviewee


This segment from the November 14, 1997, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on an old-fashioned baptism in the Cane River in Melrose in Natchitoches Parish. Duhe reports that Pastor Murphy Randolph of St. Augustine Baptist Church baptized 13 people during the ceremony. He interviews: Pastor Murphy Randolph; Willie Mae Tenaris, who was baptized in the Cane River in 1928; and Ambrose Williams, one of the newly baptized. Host: Robert Collins