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1963 Plaquemine Civil Rights Demonstration (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-08-23

Duration: 00:21:43

Subjects: Civil Rights | Civil rights demonstrations | Plymouth Rock Baptist Church (Plaquemine, La.) | Congress of Racial Equality | Farmer, James, 1920-1999


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Hebert, Gary Speaker
  • Moore, Richard O. Speaker
  • Wesley, Lee Interviewee
  • Kerry, Gordon Speaker
  • Farmer, James Speaker
  • Edwards, Ethyl Interviewee
  • Armstead, Torris Interviewee
  • Hill, Lance Interviewee


This segment from the August 23, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford recounting the story of a Civil Rights demonstration on September 1, 1963, in Plaquemine (three days after the March on Washington) that turned violent when state troopers stormed the old Plymouth Rock Baptist Church on horseback with the aid of teargas to look for James Farmer, the founder of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The story features footage from a WNET documentary called “Louisiana Diary,” which follows the efforts of CORE members to register black voters in the weeks leading up to the events of September 1, and an interview with Reverend Lee Wesley, the current pastor at Plymouth Rock. Sanford also leads an in-studio panel discussion on the significance of the events in Plaquemine with Ethel Edwards and Torris Armstead, who were at Plymouth Rock on the night of the unrest, and Professor Lance Hill, a Civil Rights historian at the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University. Host: Shauna Sanford