Baton Rouge Room Oral Histories
Mrs. Willie Smith was born in the 1920's in rural Tensas Parish, Louisiana. In April of 2011, Mrs. Smith and her daughter Kathy sat down to share her life's story with our archivist. In this interview, Mrs. Smith talks about her experiences at Southern University, working at the Tuskegee Institute and her long career as an educator in Baton Rouge. This podcast is only part of her story. For more of Mrs. Smith's interview or if you would like to share your story, please visit the Baton Rouge Room Archives at the River Center Branch Library.
The Baton Rouge Room Archive
The mission of the Baton Rouge Room Collection is collect, manage, preserve, and provide access to, items that represent significant historical actions of local governments, businesses, residents and institutions of the City of
Located on the 4th Floor of the River Center Library 120 St. Louis St. Baton Rouge, La. The Baton Rouge Room is open Monday through Thursday 8am to 5 pm, Fridays 9am to 6pm and by appointment.
Please call 225-389-4960 for more information.
The Baton Rouge Room wants to hear your story!
Do you remember when Mayor Jack Webb died in office in 1956? Do you remember when Exxon exploded in the 1980's? Did you work, play or live in downtown in the 1940's? The Baton Rouge Room is collecting oral histories from the Baton Rouge community. If you have stories of our town you would like to share, contact Melissa Eastin at 389-4960 or email the attached form to email@example.com
Featured image from the Baton Rouge Digital Archive
The 200 block of Third St. ca. 1950
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The Baton Rouge Room
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity so that we can better face the future." - Robert Penn Warren
Baton Rouge Room Policies and Procedures
The Baton Rouge Room is on the 4th floor of the River Center Branch. Our collection has historic and modern pictures, maps, papers, oral history tapes and memorabilia representing life in Baton Rouge.
If you have any questions, please call the archivist at: 389-4960