Hello Shreveport, in news this week Shreveport welcomed a new affordable housing project and the Robinson Film Center named new executive director. For more business in the Shreveport-Bossier area check out Business in the 318.
Civil Rights landmark, find out more about the 145-year history
For over 47 years a Shreveport building has stood vacant, as time slowly eats away at the ceiling like a cancerous cell taking over a body.
Old Galilee was built in 1877 by freed Black slaves and was home to the same congregation from 1917 until 1975 when it was closed.
Since its closure, it has remained vacant and is now owned by the city of Shreveport.
In 2015 this building stood with algae and growth growing up through the walls but now Old Galilee looks toward a bright future ahead.
New affordable housing project opens in Shreveport
The Housing Authority of the City of Shreveport (HACS) hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday morning for their latest affordable housing project.
The Bayou Grande development includes 328 apartments, along with 5,000 square feet of retail space within walking distance of downtown.
The goal in this project was to revitalize the western edge of downtown with a $24.2 million Choice Neighborhood Grant.
Shreveport’s Robinson Film Center welcomes new executive director
The Robinson Film Center has named Wendell Riley as the new executive director, replacing interim executive director Director Rich Hansil.
Riley served as the Director of Media and External Relations at LSU Shreveport and will step into this new role on Monday, Aug. 1.
Riley has been a part of the Shreveport-Bossier film community for over a decade working on award-winning projects at Moonbot Studios and Rational Middle Media.
When former Executive Director Meghan Hochstetler Avallone announced her departure, Hansil stepped into the role. In his brief time he has worked closely with the board to identify new opportunities and efficiencies on both the operations and public-facing sides.
Barksdale Air Force Base shows support for Pride month on Facebook
On June 10, Barksdale Air Force Base took to Facebook posting “Happy Pride Month.”
2nd Bomb Wing Commander Col. Scott P. Weyermuller said, “Inequity and discrimination undermine the Air Force’s Core Values and the 2nd Bomb Wing’s priorities where we empower an inclusive culture for all Airmen.”
Barksdale continued to explain that the Air Force values all LGBTQ+ Airmen, guardians and their families, and continues to work toward policy changes and building an inclusive environment for everyone to thrive.
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Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact her at [email protected]
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