Baton Rouge “Downtown East” Historical Bicycle Tour
Baton Rouge was founded on the banks of the Mississippi River and has changed dramatically from its days as a sleepy river town to its now seat as the state’s capital. Today, historic markers note locations of famous battlegrounds, well-known businesses, and even the home of the man who shot and killed Governor Huey P. Long. But graffiti is the only text you’ll find on the site of the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King stayed while he was in Baton Rouge, and almost none of the buildings he would have patronized while in the city remain.
All of the historic markers that do not exist, but certainly should, will be visited on the Green Book Bike Tour. We begin at the State Museum and then make our way through downtown Baton Rouge to the area known now as “Old” South Baton Rouge.
The ride will start at 9 a.m. and take about 2 hours. We will make 5 historic stops and cover approximately 7 miles roundtrip. There will be a mid-point stop at the Electric Depot on Government Street. Participants must bring their own bikes. Also, participants should bring a mask and money if they would like to get a beverage at the location. There is a Gotcha Bike stand located across from the Capitol Park Museum.
• African American History Museum
• Pearson’s House
• Electric Depot
• Lincoln Theater/hotel
• Prince Hall Masonic Temple