West Baton Rouge Parish Historical Markers

Ever wondered about those large markers that you see along U.S. and State highways throughout Louisiana? They are part of the historic marker program administered by the State of Louisiana – Division of Historic Preservation. These markers help document our state’s heritage for each specific site. The markers are made of aluminum alloy, have a brown background with ivory letters and are topped off with an arched crest with an outline of the State of Louisiana’s symbol, the brown pelican.

The Historic Marker program began in 1951. The markers are erected by the State Department of Transportation and Development and sponsored by local groups.

Sites that qualify for a marker must meet one of the following criteria:
—Be of lasting significance to the state’s history;
—Be of significant historical importance to the state;
—Be a historical trail or route; or
—Be a significant architectural landmark.

West Baton Rouge has a number of these markers around our parish. As you travel and read, you will learn the story of the local area. For more information on how to obtain a marker, contact the State Office of Historic Preservation (225) 342-8160 or contact the West Baton Rouge Historical Association (located at the West Baton Rouge Museum) (225) 336-2422, Ext. 10.

For information on markers throughout Louisiana, see “Why Stop? A Guide to Louisiana’s Roadside Historical Markers” by Marael Johnson available at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 830 N. Alexander, Port Allen, LA 70767 (225) 342-7920

If you would like to request a new historic marker to be put in place in West Baton Rouge Parish or if you have questions about an existing historic marker in West Baton Rouge Parish you can contact Jimmy Rills at jrills@cox.net.

Below, you can find out more about each of West Baton Rouge’s 25 historical markers (listed alphabetically by marker title).

addis-bank1Addis Museum “Bank of Addis”Allendale Plantationantioch01Antioch Missionary Baptist Churchantonia01Antonia Plantation
brusly-high1Brusly High Schoolhistoric_marker_dedication-6Brusly, Louisianacalumet01Calumet Plantationhistoric_marker_dedicationCharles P. Adams
cinclare001Historic Cinclare Plantationlukeville01Historic Lukeville Schoolslim-harpoJames “Slim Harpo” Moorehistoric_marker_dedication-8Mississippi River Old Ferry Landing
morrisonville01MorrisonvillePoplar GroverosedaleRosedale Roadhistoric_marker-1Sandbar Plantation House
stdelphine01St. Delphine Plantation “The Big House”historic_marker_back_side-1St. James Square / Molaisonvillesjb01St. John the Baptist Cemeterysunrise_front_sideSunrise
the_back_brusly_oakThe Back Brusly OakcourthouseThird Parish CourthouseTown Of Addis “Baton Rouge Junction”bicentennial10West Baton Rouge Parish Bicentennial
dsc07274World War II POW Camp

3 comments on “West Baton Rouge Parish Historical Markers”

  1. Debbie Martin Reply

    Harvey Kibby Lonzo (buried in Union Baptist Church Cemetery) of Brusly also served in the Marines during WWII, as did Hillary Beverly of Port Allen (buried in Mulatto Bend Cemetery). Although he was not a marine, James Brown Jr. of Brusly was killed in Action during the Vietnam war. He is buried in Union Baptist Church.

    • Virgie McCorkle Reply

      Herbert O. Dickerson was the only black man drafted from Brusly that intergrated the Marine in 1942 . He fought for his country the right to fight during the racial life of blacks who could not be a marine. It hurt me to realize how much pain he went thru and god made it possible for him to come back home and raise a family in Brusly,La.

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