The Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame

About the historic lincoln theater

Our “JOURNEY OF FAITH” To Save The Lincoln Theater
Parts of The DREAM:  
(1) To Save and Preserve The
Lincoln Theater founded in 1949 by Dr. Aristotle Chatman & it’s Development Committee’s Vision to design and construct an entertainment and business facility, it would have to be purchased. 
It began by Working With The DREAM Team, Donors, State and City Leaders to Save The Lincoln Theater by purchasing it.  After prayers and confirmation with The Board of Directors and Purchasing Committee & State Project Endorser, we were Blessed to save it. We bought it and started this Journey of Faith. Father God has and continues to walk with us every step of the way.   
(2) To build upon this historic facility’s legacy as an entertainment and business complex by obtaining official certification of The Lincoln Theater as a designated state landmark to be listed on The National Registry of Historic Places was needed.  A Special Committee worked hard on this and we received the certificate December 2010. 
(3) To Give Back to the Community and City by renovating The Lincoln Theater as A Cultural Center that will provide programs, events and services of heritage, culture, entertainment, arts and tradition that will reflect the rich history of this community and inspire youth —-our future generations; and To expand The Lincoln Theater to establish a permanent home for The Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame Museum designated as the Official “Preserver and Keeper of The Chronicles of Louisiana’s Great Black Achievers”.  
This is our focus as The DREAM Team Continues to work with dedication and hold on to our Faith for we believe in this project. 
We Appreciate All of Your Support and Investments in this Historical Preservation & Renovation Project.  
Brenda Perry Dunn, Founder
The LBHHF Museum and Cultural Center At The Lincoln Theater

Our “JOURNEY OF FAITH”:  Working With The DREAM Team & Donors To Save The Lincoln Theater.  Renovate It as a Cultural Center with Performing & Cultural Arts Programming and Expand it to establish The Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame Museum.

Theater History

The historic Lincoln Theater was built in the 1940s and was a central location for the African American business and social life in Baton Rouge. It is located at 1305 Myrtle Walk in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the corner of Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive. The facility is a 10,800 square feet, two story building that includes executive offices, a barbershop, a performing arts stage and theater that seats up to 500.

It was the hosting site for national entertainers from around the United States, civil rights planning meetings and community businesses. The Lincoln was one of the first African American facilities of elegance during the 1950s. This theater is a historical African American Monument for the city of Baton Rouge and State of Louisiana.

A Community Landmark

Since its establishment in 1949, the Lincoln Theater has remained a beacon of the community and a landmark for the City of Baton Rouge and State of Louisiana. It is preserved and protected – for The Lincoln Theater will continue to be a historic legacy of culture, heritage, entertainment and community services for future generations.

Significance and Contributions

The Lincoln Theater has significance, heritage and meaning as a historical landmark because of its entertainment, community service, and civil rights contributions:

  • Hosted legendary entertainers like Cab Calloway, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, and Lionel Hampton. Provided a safe place for black performers during segregation.
  • Housed a deli, pharmacy, barbershop, and offices serving the local community.
  • Site of 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott planning meetings and civil rights organizing. Helped catalyze the national civil rights movement.

The Lincoln’s rich history makes it a cherished landmark in Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s African American heritage.

The Lincoln Theater Renovation and Construction


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