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Thomas Burbank on Recommending National Guard Assistance During the Bogalusa Civil Rights March

WWL Channel 4 New Orleans



Genre: News

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: 1967-08-15

Duration: 00:01:11

Subjects: Burbank, Thomas D. Sr., 1919-1998 | Bogalusa Civil Rights March, 1967 | Civil Rights Movement | Louisiana. National Guard | Louisiana State Police


  • Hunter, Ron Interviewer
  • Burbank, Thomas Interviewee


Ron Hunter interview with Director of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Thomas Burbank on the National Guard's assistance with law enforcement during the Bogalusa Civil Rights March. He states that he spoke with Governor McKeithen after he arrived at Jackson Barracks, and that he is concerned with possible difficulty and trouble tomorrow on the march because of difficulty the other day. He believes for the safety of all the people, particularly those in Livingston Parish, the state police needs reinforcement from the Guard. He states that it's difficult to bring all of the state police into a 8-9 mile march, and take all officers off Louisiana highways. He says that it was done in Bogalusa several times, but it's not fair to other people of the state to take the entire state police force for a march of 7-8 miles. He says that he will merge some with the National Guard, and will have sufficient officers to handle traffic. He hopes it will be sufficient to protect the marchers.