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    • Dr. Curtis "C.J." Gilliam

    • African Americans--History
    • Dr. Curtis "C.J." Gilliam [1922-1995] was a longtime Civil Rights activist and the first black optometrist in Baton Rouge. A former president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, he was the first black Louisianan to enlist in the U.S. Marine...
    • The Tug Boat Istrouma and Her Crew

    • Esso Standard Oil Company, Boats and boating
    • The Tug Boat Istrouma and her crew. Bought by the company in 1915 and used as a fire tug, it was retired from Esso Service in 1949. During its career, the boat and her crew helped to fight such memorable fires as the Great Kress Fire and the...

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