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Bogalusa in Washington Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Robert “Bob” Hicks/ Robert “Bob” Hicks Street

(Feb. 20, 1929 - Apr. 13, 2010)

 
 
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May 6, 2017
1. Robert "Bob" Hicks Marker
Side 1
Inscription.
Side 1
Fueled by discriminatory practices & violent intimidation that permeated his community, threatened his family & friends, Mr. Hicks developed an unquenchable thirst for justice & equality. He "sparked the spirits" of people & communities. His involvement in planning rallies, marches, daily demonstrations, boycotts, organizing armed protection for targets of racially & politically motivated violence, & initiating successful legal challenges helped topple segregation ending "separate but unequal" practices in education, employment, law, government, voting rights, healthcare & housing. As a NAACP member, Treasurer of Prince Hall Masons, President of Bogalusa Chapter of Deacons for Defense and Justice, Pres. of Crown Zellerbach's segregated Union (International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite & Paper Mill Workers), and first African American supervisor in the mill's box plant, Hicks remained a staunch advocate for justice for all Americans and was an ordinary man with the courage to do extraordinary things.

Side 2
On Feb. 1, 1965, learning of a Ku Klux Klan plan to bomb his home, Robert Hicks & his family were told by police that they could not protect them. The Klan was furious that Hicks was housing 2 white civil rights workers and demanded they leave that night. Aware of the danger, Hicks said 'no' to
Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cajun Scrambler, November 18, 2017
2. Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street Marker
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the demand. Hicks & his wife called friends to take their 5 children to a safe place & asked for protection. Armed black men stood guard during the night. On Feb 21, the Jonesboro Deacons for Defense & Justice visited Bogalusa to start a chapter citing the 2nd Amendment and carrying guns with the mission of protection against white aggression. Hicks took the lead starting a Bogalusa chapter. Deacons' confrontation with the Klan created history, started a civil Rights Movement, empowering a people, & propelled the U.S. Government to enforce The 1964 Civil Rights Act to neutralize the Klan. The Hicks' home was the birth & meeting place for Deacons, foot soldiers, lawyers, civil & human rights advocates, and a safe haven for all. Decisions made in this home significantly impacted the future of the community, Louisiana & the nation. Hicks showed courage in defense of justice and equality.
 
Erected by The Robert "Bob" Hicks Foundation & International Paper.
 
Location. 30° 46.252′ N, 89° 50.765′ W. Marker is in Bogalusa, Louisiana, in Washington Parish. Marker is at the intersection of East Robert "Bob" Hicks Street and Marx Avenue, on the right on East Robert "Bob" Hicks Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 924 E. Robert "Bob" Hicks Street, Bogalusa LA 70427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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May 6, 2017
3. Robert "Bob" Hicks Marker
At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bogalusa's Birthplace (approx. 1.4 miles away); At This Very Site (approx. 1 miles away); Old Choctaw Trail (approx. 13 miles away).
 
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Robert "Bob" Hicks Marker image. Click for full size.
May 6, 2017
4. Robert "Bob" Hicks Marker
Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cajun Scrambler, November 18, 2017
5. Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street Marker
Side 2
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May 5, 2017
6. Robert "Bob" Hicks House
House listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 109 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 7, 2017.   2. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.   3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2017.   5. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.   6. submitted on May 7, 2017.
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