Lee Street Riot of 1942
Lee Street in Alexandria was the center of a thriving African-American community during the early 1940s, including two churches, eight eating establishments, three funeral homes, five grocery stores, eight entertainment venues, a pharmacy, a bus line, a sporting arena, an Army YMCA-USO building, and the Ritz Theater. Many African-American soldiers stationed at local military bases patronized the businesses while on leave.
A tragic incident occurred in front of the Ritz Theater on Saturday night, January 10, 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and American entry into World War II, that included unarmed African-American soldiers and the predominantly white, armed, Military Police.
The War Department's official report indicates that three African-American soldiers were critically wounded and 29 others required medical treatment as a result of the "Riot." Civilian witnesses, however, indicated that more than 20 soldiers were killed, others
wounded, and numerous civilians were killed or wounded.
Erected by City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Post Des Rapides.
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Location. 31° 18.408′ N, 92° 26.774′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Lee Street north of 9th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexandria Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huie Dellmon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Guaranty Eagles (approx. 0.3 miles away); Arna Wendell Bontemps Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commercial Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post-Civil War Alexandria (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alexandria (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alexander Fulton Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
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