The mighty Mississippi flows through Baton Rouge.
Tragedy takes on a different demeanour when the location is familiar. The anonymous gains structures, streets, parks and people. Such is the tragedy in Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana State, one of the stops on my Mojo Triangle odyssey through the American south late last year. My memory of Baton Rouge, the state’s capital and second largest city, whose name recalls the French heritage of this region, is of the mighty Mississippi gliding silently and authoritatively through, and an impressive State legislature building overlooking the city. It’s hard to imagine the turmoil now rocking this pleasant town in the wake of the shooting of African American Alton Stirling, or street riots, tear gas and over 100 arrests of protesters taking part in a Black Lives Matter march. These are true Louisiana blues.
The impressive State Legislature building.
Looking down on the gardens from the State Legislature building tower.