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Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book: Hotel Lincoln

Safe Haven: Louisiana's Green Book: Hotel Lincoln

Episode 9: Hotel Lincoln

Built in the 1950s, Hotel Lincoln was one of two African-American owned and operated hotels in Baton Rouge during the Jim Crow era. But it was much more than just a pitstop in between busy travel days, it was a sanctuary for creativity and musical liberation. Nearly all the greats of the golden era of soul music performed and stayed here including Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

The hotel appeared in the Green Book from 1957 to 1967, when the book was discontinued. Louis Hall, a Baton Rouge native and local historian combs through his memory to bring Hotel Lincoln’s legacy back to life.

The series is based off "The Negro Motorist Green Book" exhibit at the Capitol Park Museum by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and sponsored by ExxonMobil Baton Rouge.

Credits: Host - Kara St. Cyr Producers - Emma Reid and Kara St. Cyr Executive Producer - Linda Midgett Digital Media Director - D. Ray! Washington Videographer - Emma Reid Editor - Matt Hathcox Graphics - Ryan Golden

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