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Ray Stevenson is the owner of Big Momma's Antiques and Restoration in Hossten, Louisiana.

Ray Stevenson is the owner of Big Momma’s Antiques and Restoration in Hossten, Louisiana.

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Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, that stood abandoned for years, into his home.

Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, that stood abandoned for years, into his home.

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Stanley Ray Stevenson's personal collection of antiques.

Stanley Ray Stevenson’s personal collection of antiques.

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Stanley Ray Stevenson holds up an African American artifact from his personal collection.

Stanley Ray Stevenson holds up an African American artifact from his personal collection.

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Antique dealer Ray Stevenson holds a poster of Clarice Bryant from sometime between 1952 to 1954. Bryant was The Times' first black manager.Greg Pearson/The Times 02.08.10

Antique dealer Ray Stevenson holds a poster of Clarice Bryant from sometime between 1952 to 1954. Bryant was The Times’ first black manager.Greg Pearson/The Times 02.08.10

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Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, which stood abandoned for years, into his home.

Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, which stood abandoned for years, into his home.

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Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, that stood abandoned for years, into his home.

Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, that stood abandoned for years, into his home.

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Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, which stood abandoned for years, into his home.

Ray Stevenson has made the old Hosston Post Office, which stood abandoned for years, into his home.

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Bertha Harris

Bertha Harris

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Juneteenth Celebration and Art Show by Bertha Harris Saturday, June 19, at JR gallery in downtown Shreveport.

Juneteenth Celebration and Art Show by Bertha Harris Saturday, June 19, at JR gallery in downtown Shreveport.

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Bertha Harris

Bertha Harris

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Shreveport author Bertha Harris during the book signing event at Melba's Poboys in New Orleans.

Shreveport author Bertha Harris during the book signing event at Melba’s Poboys in New Orleans.

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Juneteenth Celebration and Art Show by Bertha Harris Saturday, June 19, at JR gallery in downtown Shreveport.

Juneteenth Celebration and Art Show by Bertha Harris Saturday, June 19, at JR gallery in downtown Shreveport.

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Shreveport artist Bertha Harris.

Shreveport artist Bertha Harris.

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Ka'Davien Baylor with the Galilee's Stewart-Belle Stadium Community Mural.

Ka’Davien Baylor with the Galilee’s Stewart-Belle Stadium Community Mural.

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Ka'Davien Baylor painting the Ascension Underpass in downtown Shreveport on July 19, 2022.

Ka’Davien Baylor painting the Ascension Underpass in downtown Shreveport on July 19, 2022.

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A large crowd turned out Wednesday for the reveal of Ka'Davien Baylor's mural The Power of the Ballot.

A large crowd turned out Wednesday for the reveal of Ka’Davien Baylor’s mural The Power of the Ballot.

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Artist Ka'Davien Baylor poses for photos with Omari Ho-Sang (right) and Breka Peoples in front of his mural The Power of the Ballot.

Artist Ka’Davien Baylor poses for photos with Omari Ho-Sang (right) and Breka Peoples in front of his mural The Power of the Ballot.

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Artist Ka'Davien Baylor looks at his mural The Power of the Ballot while folks pose for photos Wednesday.

Artist Ka’Davien Baylor looks at his mural The Power of the Ballot while folks pose for photos Wednesday.

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Photos courtesy of Ka'Davien Baylor.

Photos courtesy of Ka’Davien Baylor.

Ka’Davien Baylor

Ka'Davien Baylor talks to Gerri Hobdy before the reveal of his mural The Power of the Ballot.

Ka’Davien Baylor talks to Gerri Hobdy before the reveal of his mural The Power of the Ballot.

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Carolyn Jones wrote and directed a play about the civil rights efforts of the woman who owned the Modern Beauty Shop.

Carolyn Jones wrote and directed a play about the civil rights efforts of the woman who owned the Modern Beauty Shop.

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Carolyn Jones was Creswell's 1st Black student.

Carolyn Jones was Creswell’s 1st Black student.

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Carolyn Jones was Creswell's 1st Black student.

Carolyn Jones was Creswell’s 1st Black student.

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Carolyn Jones gets flowers from her grandson, Conner Haygood, after they finished the table reading of her play, Beauty and the Ballot Box, which depicts Shreveport's civil rights struggle through the eyes of the Modern Beauty Shop, at Shreve Memorial Library Wallet Branch on March 26, 2023.

Carolyn Jones gets flowers from her grandson, Conner Haygood, after they finished the table reading of her play, Beauty and the Ballot Box, which depicts Shreveport’s civil rights struggle through the eyes of the Modern Beauty Shop, at Shreve Memorial Library Wallet Branch on March 26, 2023.

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Carolyn Jones wrote a play, Beauty and the Ballot Box, which depicts Shreveport's civil rights struggle through the eyes of the Modern Beauty Shop.

Carolyn Jones wrote a play, Beauty and the Ballot Box, which depicts Shreveport’s civil rights struggle through the eyes of the Modern Beauty Shop.

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Carolyn Jones was Creswell's 1st Black student.

Carolyn Jones was Creswell’s 1st Black student.

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Carolyn Jones, center, takes a moment to recognize the cast after the table reading of her play, Beauty and the Ballot Box, which depicts Shreveport's civil rights struggle through the eyes of the Modern Beauty Shop, at Shreve Memorial Library Wallet Branch on March 26, 2023.

Carolyn Jones, center, takes a moment to recognize the cast after the table reading of her play, Beauty and the Ballot Box, which depicts Shreveport’s civil rights struggle through the eyes of the Modern Beauty Shop, at Shreve Memorial Library Wallet Branch on March 26, 2023.

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Carolyn Jones was Creswell's 1st Black student.

Carolyn Jones was Creswell’s 1st Black student.

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(Left to right) Booker T Washington Principal Crystal Tate Barnes, alumni Sharon Johnson, Calvin Austin, City Councilwomen Tabatha Taylor, and Judge Leon Emanuel (photographed on March 18, 2022) stand in appreciation of the city of Shreveport resolution that apologies for the 1963 police attacks at BTW high school.

(Left to right) Booker T Washington Principal Crystal Tate Barnes, alumni Sharon Johnson, Calvin Austin, City Councilwomen Tabatha Taylor, and Judge Leon Emanuel (photographed on March 18, 2022) stand in appreciation of the city of Shreveport resolution that apologies for the 1963 police attacks at BTW high school.

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Calvin Austin, photographed on March 17, 2022, at Booker T Washington.

Calvin Austin, photographed on March 17, 2022, at Booker T Washington.

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Rev. H. Calvin Austin speaks during a past Civil Rights program at Southern University at Shreveport.

Rev. H. Calvin Austin speaks during a past Civil Rights program at Southern University at Shreveport.

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Calvin Austin III speaks during the Booker T Washington 'finish the march' event.

Calvin Austin III speaks during the Booker T Washington ‘finish the march’ event.

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Mayor Adrian Perkins and Calvin Austin share a moment during the news conference about the progress of the Civil Rights Museum on on September 22, 2022, at the Old Galilee Baptist Church.

Mayor Adrian Perkins and Calvin Austin share a moment during the news conference about the progress of the Civil Rights Museum on on September 22, 2022, at the Old Galilee Baptist Church.

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(Left to right) Lane Callaway, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, Rev. H. Calvin Austin, Book T. Washington Alumni President Tahira Abdul-Radman, and Rev. Harry Blake hold up the National Register of Historic Places sign for Book T. Washington which join the distinguished list stating the importance of Booker T. Washington High School.

(Left to right) Lane Callaway, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, Rev. H. Calvin Austin, Book T. Washington Alumni President Tahira Abdul-Radman, and Rev. Harry Blake hold up the National Register of Historic Places sign for Book T. Washington which join the distinguished list stating the importance of Booker T. Washington High School.

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