A Louisiana House panel Wednesday endorsed placement of a statue of the late civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. T.J. Jemison Sr. in the State Capitol Complex.
The House and Governmental Affairs Committee shipped Senate Bill 57 to the House floor where it is expected to gain final legislative passage.
State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, proposed the statue to honor Jemison who she said “in truly turbulent times in Baton Rouge and Louisiana” was in the forefront of efforts to keep peace and calm.
Jemison was the long-time president of the National Baptist Convention USA — the largest black Baptist organizaion in the U.S.
He was known as the architect of the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott to protest racially segregated seating on city buses. His protest ended up being the blueprint the Rev. Martin Luther King used for one in Alabama.
Private funds will be raised to pay for the statue, which would be placed in A.Z. Young Park in the shadows of the State Capitol. The park next door to the Pentagon Barracks is named after Young, another Louisiana civil rights leader.