The Yellow Book: Old South Baton Rouge, Photography Exhibition
The exhibition opens to the public on December 1.
This exhibition explores the legacy of interstate construction in the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood. It is part of photographer Johanna Warwick’s larger project The Yellow Book, named after a 1955 government publication showing proposed interstate routes. Ultimately, she will document all 104 cities designated in that book. In this exhibition, Warwick examines how Interstates 10 and 110, built in the early 1960s, divided Old South Baton Rouge in two, displacing people and businesses and rupturing its sense of community. Using the elevated interstate as the framework for this series, Warwick captures the shadows they cast over this African American neighborhood. “We now have a greater understanding of how the highways we built decades ago affected people’s lives,” says Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “This exhibition reveals how that unfolded in Baton Rouge.”