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I.D. These Legends

This historic photograph (part of which forms the backdrop of our website) depicts an historic Civil Rights meeting at the original Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA in mid-August of 1958. Our 2018 Gala honoree, Dr. C.O. Simpkins (#49), is sitting next to the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself (#50)!

We need your help identifying the rest of the people in it. These courageous heroes must be remembered for what they helped accomplish. Click here to view the photo full-size, or right-click to download.

Please use this form to identify anyone you may know. As we receive credible identification, we will add their names to the list below. Please hurry, as we want as many as possible to be recognized at the Gala on November 3!

People Identified So Far:

  1. Rev. J.E. Rutledge
  2. Rev. Jessee Terrell Stewart, Pastor at Galilee Baptist Church
  3. John B. Sims, Pastor at St. Rest Baptist Church
  4. Rev. Curtis Freeman Robertson, Pastor at Sunrise et al (1908–2003)
  5. (Reagan C. Stearns, photographer at Sanders Studio, not actually in the photo [see logo stamp in lower-left corner])
  6. Rev. Henry L. Brown
  7. Dr. C.O. Simpkins, our first Gala honoree! (1925–2019)
  8. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights legend and martyr (1929–1968)
  9. Rev. Leonard Williams