A Story of Pride. A Story of Courage.
Louisiana's Civil Rights Story
It took the nation's first bus boycott against segregated seating in Baton Rouge in 1953 to be a model for the Montgomery Bus Boycott a few years later.
It took a brave little six-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges, protected by federal marshals and surrounded by an angry mob, to desegregate a previously all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
It took a grueling, 106-mile March for Civil Rights from Bogalusa to the steps of the state capitol in 1967 to raise awareness of the violence and injustice.
It took sit-ins at colleges and lunch counters, and brave courts determined to make the right decisions.
And Now, It Will Take You.

While these stories fill us with hope and inspiration, there are many more Louisiana stories to be told, locations to uncover, and people to honor. As we build the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail, we need your help.

Nominate a Site for the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail.

Help us tell the story of the role Louisiana played in the state and national Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we recognize the achievements of individuals and recognize sites that served as staging areas for the movement. Our state has played an integral role in Civil Rights in this country. Share what you know so it will be a source of inspiration and pride for all time.