The new fight: Securing civil rights fighters ‘Deacons’ in history

Barbara Hicks-Collins stands in front of her father’s historic house, which she would like to turn into a museum. (Alyssa Berry/LSU Manship School News Service)(Alyssa Berry/LSU Manship School News Service)

BOGULASA, LA (LSU Manship School News Sevice) – “That’s my daddy,” Barbara Hicks-Collins, now 72, said as her hand gingerly swept across the image on the Louisiana Historical Site landmark.

Her father, Robert “Bob” Hicks, was an integral part of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, a black group that combatted the Ku Klux Klan in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi in the 1960s.

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