Deacons for Defense and Justice, American, founded 1964 Search this
Gayle E. Expose Jenkins, American, died 2002 Search this
digital media - born digital
Bogalusa, Washington Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
May 28, 2011
The oral history consists of eight digital files: 2011.174.18.1a, 2011.174.18.1b, 2011.174.18.1c, 2011.174.18.1d, 2011.174.18.1e, 2011.174.18.1f, 2011.174.18.1g, and 2011.174.18.1h.
Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins remember their mother and sister Gayle Jenkins, a leader of the civil rights movement in Bogalusa, Louisiana. They discuss their family history, how the family became involved in the movement, and Willie Jenkins' court case to integrate the public schools. They recall being protected by the Deacons of Defense and Justice, marching in local rallies, and memories of their late brother Don, who was also involved in the movement.