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New video archive features Louisiana's rich history

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago January 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday, January 20 2015 January 20, 2015 4:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Secretary of State's Office launched a digital archive Tuesday with video dating back more than 60 years.

It's a way for anyone to dive into Louisiana's history to explore. The archive features around 1,500 video clips ranging from inaugurations of the past to 6-year-old Ruby Bridges becoming the first African-American to attend an all-white school in the south.

LPB President Beth Courtney hopes the website will become a useful tool in classrooms across the state.

"It would make it come alive for students," she said. "I think that students are visual learners now as we can tell, and I really think it can improve the learning of all children."

At the website you can explore topics like civil rights, sports, politics and culture. The archive gives you a front row seat to everything Louisiana.

"You know people have this depiction of us based on our colored past, but we have changed dramatically in many areas all to the positive. Yet we can celebrate that checkered past and learn from it," said Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

LPB hopes the archive will continue to grow to include more video clips. Some clips from WBRZ News 2 broadcasts are compiled in the archive. You can visit the archive here.

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