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Louisiana’s Black Church, Part 1 (2021)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Maringouin, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-02-05

Duration: 00:04:48

Subjects: African American churches | Religion | History


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Washington, Rogerwene Duncan Interviewee
  • Finley, Stephen Interviewee
  • Phillips, Demestrese Interviewee
  • Hill, Henry Interviewee
  • Williams, Jessie Interviewee


This segment from the February 5, 2021, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the history of African American churches in Louisiana. She focuses on the historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Maringouin. She interviews: Rogerwene Duncan Washington, a member at St. James AME; Dr. Stephen Finley, a professor of African American religious studies at LSU; Demestrese Phillips, the reverend at St. James AME; Henry Hill, a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and Jessie Williams, a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This report is a part of the “Louisiana’s Black Church: The Politics of Perseverance” series.