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Louisiana blues

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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. 

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The impressive State Legislature building. 

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Looking down on the gardens from the State Legislature building tower. 

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Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

2 thoughts on “Louisiana blues

  1. It is sad to see. I remember gliding down the Mississippi on a steam paddle boat not long ago. It seemed very peaceful then.

  2. It was certainly peaceful when we were there so it’s sad to imagine the current turmoil. Travelling the Mississippi would be a wonderful was to see this region.

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