Downtown in Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Bogalusa to Baton Rouge March
Despite the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the struggle for equality continued. On August 10, 1967, Bogalusa civil rights activist A.Z. Young, with Robert "Bob" Hicks and Gayle Jenkins, led the march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge where he planned to present a list of grievances to Governor John McKeithen on the steps of the state capitol. Referred as the 105-Mile Gauntlet, the marchers faced substantial opposition along the way. By the time the marchers arrived at the state capitol, their number had grown from 25 to 600, with protection from over 2,200 National Guardsmen and policemen. In his speech on the capitol steps, Young voiced complaints about employment discrimination and called for the election of 10 blacks running for local offices in Bogalusa. The protesters' efforts were ultimately successful, leading to better hiring and voting practices.
Erected 2021 by Louisiana Civil Rights Trail - Making Rights Real.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Civil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is August 10, 1967.
Location. 30° 27.284′ N, 91° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pentagon Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Zachary Taylor (a few steps from this marker); Sigma Iota (within shouting distance of this marker); Ole War Skule (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort San Carlos (about 300 feet away); Pentagon Buildings (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fort San Carlos (about 300 feet away); Battle Of Baton Rouge, 1862 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.