Rachel L. Emanuel



Rachel L. Emanuel, Ph.D., director of communications and development support for the Southern University Law Center, is a 35 year veteran public relations professional. An award-winning documentarian, Emanuel is coauthor of Images of America: Scotlandville and A More Noble Cause: A. P. Tureaud and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana. The Shreveport, Louisiana native earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.




2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor
Book Talk

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Images of America: Scotlandville

A rural village that was once the entry point for the slave trade and home to a cotton plantation, Scotlandville became the largest majority African American town in Louisiana. Located in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, Scotlandville’s history is intricately tied to Southern University and A&M College System, the only historically black university system in the United States. Southern University relocated from New Orleans to the bluff of the Mississippi River on the western edge of Scotlandville in 1914. The story of the university and town is a tale of triumph and struggle in the midst of racism, inequality, and oppression. Presented through the theme of firsts in businesses, churches, schools, residential developments, environmental issues, politics, social organizations, and community service, Images of America: Scotlandville focuses on the people who shaped the community economically, politically, socially, and culturally.


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