• Short Summary

    A WHITE SUPREMACY POLITICAL BOSS IN THE AMERICAN STATE OF LOUISIANA IS CONVERTING AN OLD SPANISH FORT, DEEP IN THE SWAMPLANDS, INTO A PRISON FOR CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATORS.

  • Description

    1.
    GV RIVER LAUNCH.. - APPROACHING FORT
    0.08

    2.
    GV SWAMPS
    0.13

    3.
    GV DITTO, WITH TREES IN B/G.
    0.16

    4.
    LV LEANDER PEREZ AND PARTY APPROACH FORT
    0.18

    5.
    GV FORT
    0.22

    6.
    LV PEREZ POINTS TO SWAMP LAND
    0.26

    7.
    SCU PEREZ WITH REPORTER
    0.31

    8.
    CU PEREZ, SOF STARTS.. "WE WOULD NOT HAVE.. DISSOLVE TO GV..FORT
    0.50

    9.
    GV WORKMEN ERECT POLES FOR ELECTRIC WIRE FENCE
    0.54

    10.
    CU BARBED WIRE
    1.00

    11.
    CU FINGERS TEST BARBED WIRE
    1.03

    12.
    GV WORKMEN WITH POLES
    1.10

    13.
    GV PAN..ALONG FORT WALL, OVERGROWN WITH BUSH
    1.13

    14.
    LV ENTRANCE TO FORT
    1.18

    15.
    SV DITTO
    1.24

    16.
    CU SKULL OF AN OX
    1.27

    17.
    SV DITTO
    1.30

    18.
    TV PEREZ WALKS TO ENTRANCE, "VIOLENCE AS POSSIBLE"
    1.31

    19.
    TRACKING SHOT...PEREZ WALKS THROUGH OLD POWDER ROOMS UNDERNEATH
    1.41

    20.
    GV MISSISSIPPI RIVER
    1.44

    21.
    CU BOAT THROUGH RIVER
    1.47

    22.
    GV TWO CATTLE BOATS STAND BY AT FORT JACKSON
    1.59

    23.
    CU CATTLE BOATS
    2.03


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 8: MR. PEREZ: "WE WOULD NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT SPACE IN OUR LOCAL JAIL TO ACCOMMODATE ANY LARGE NUMBER OF DEMONSTRATORS. SO, WE ORDERED THAT FOR A PERIOD OF 5 YEARS THAT THIS PART OF FORT ST. PHILIP, WHICH IS IDEAL FOR A COMPOUND AND WE ARE BUILDING STRONG FENCES AROUND IT, THE TOP OF WHICH WILL BE ELECTRIFIED SO AS TO PREVENT ANY ATTEMPTED ESCAPES. WE ARE DOING THAT TO SIMPLY AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY NUMBER OF GUARDS. WE FEEL THAT THE PLACING OF ANY OUTSIDE AGITATORS IN THIS AREA, WHICH IS FAR REMOVED FROM THE POPULATED AREAS OF THE PARISH, WILL BE IN THE INTERESTS OF THEIR OWN SAFETY. BECAUSE WHENEVER THESE AGITATORS COME INTO A COMMUNITY THEY NATURALLY INFLAME THE PEOPLE AGAINST THEM. WE WANT TO AVOID VIOLENCE AND AS MUCH AGITATION AS POSSIBLE."




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    Background: A WHITE SUPREMACY POLITICAL BOSS IN THE AMERICAN STATE OF LOUISIANA IS CONVERTING AN OLD SPANISH FORT, DEEP IN THE SWAMPLANDS, INTO A PRISON FOR CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATORS.

    MR LEANDER PEREZ IS THE 72-YEAR-OLD POLITICAL BOSS OF PLAQUEMINE PARISH COUNTY, AND AS SUCH IS ABLE TO USE HIS INFLUENCE TO FURTHER THE COMPLETING OF THE PROJECT. HE INTENDS TO CONVERT THE REMOTE 317-YEAR-OLD FORT INTO A STOCKADE TO HOLD ANY CAMPAIGNING DESEGREGATIONIST FROM THIS AREA.

    FORT ST PHILIP WAS BUILT FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, AND CAN ONLY BE REACHED BY BOAT, HELICOPTER OR BY WADING ACROSS MILES OF SALT-MAR H. THE SURROUNDING AREA IS INFESTED WITH RATTLESNAKES AND MOSQUITOES NOTORIOUSLY FIERCE. MR PEREZ IS ENCIRCLING THE FORT WITH A BARBED WIRE FENCE, ITS TOP STRANDS ELECTRIFIED. DEMONSTRATORS WILL BE SHIPPED ACROSS IN CATTLE-BOATS, AND THEN INCARCERATED IN THE OLD POWDER MAGAZINES OF THE FORT.

    THERE HAVE BEEN NO MAJOR DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE PARISH, ALTHOUGH RIGID SEGREGATION IS ENFORCED. LAST YEAR MR PEREZ WAS EXCOMMUNICATED FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BY THE BISHOP OF NEW ORLEANS FOR REFUSING TO CHANGE HIS MIND OVER GRANTING A PERMIT TO ALLOW COLOURED CHILDREN INTO A SCHOOL IN THE AREA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVARFXQD7YG33WXFVF7K8GVX9KE
    Media URN:
    VLVARFXQD7YG33WXFVF7K8GVX9KE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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