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160 Years of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-01-26

Duration: 00:08:17

Subjects: Mount Zion First Baptist Church (Baton Rouge, La.) | African American churches | Jemison, T.J. (Theodore Judson) | Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, Baton Rouge, La., 1953


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Hall, Sandra Temple Interviewee
  • Brown, Rene Interviewee
  • Jones, Johnnie Interviewee


This segment from the January 26, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the 160th anniversary of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Moreau traces the history of the church, including Reverend T.J. Jemison’s role in organizing the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott. He interviews: Sandra Temple Hall, church member; Dr. Rene Brown, pastor; and Johnnie Jones, a 98-year-old civil rights attorney who served as the lawyer for the bus boycott.