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Saving Rosedown Plantation Baptist Church (1994)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-02-25

Duration: 00:09:13

Subjects: African American churches | ROSEDOWN PLANTATION


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Vessel, Virginia Interviewee
  • Mitchell, Kendrick Interviewee
  • Butler, Anne Interviewee
  • Veal, Lafayette, Jr. Interviewee


This segment from the February 25, 1994, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the new owner of Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville evicting the members of the historic Rosedown Plantation Baptist Church from their church and cemetery. Chapa reports that the owner and church members have reached an agreement allowing the church to purchase the land where the church and cemetery are located. She interviews: Virginia Vessel, church member; Kendrick Mitchell, church member; Anne Butler, author; and Reverend Lafayette Veal, Jr., the church pastor. Host: Robert Collins