Wealthy White Louisiana Residents Split From Black Neighborhoods to Form New City

By Bo Beard | May 3, 2024

St. George

Following a decade-long legal battle, affluent residents in Baton Rouge, primarily white, have achieved victory in their endeavor to establish a distinct city named St. George. 

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The driving force behind the residents' desire to create St. George was to break away from the economically disadvantaged, predominantly black neighborhoods. Their rationale was rooted in the belief that this separation would lead to enhanced educational opportunities and decreased crime rates.

The Louisiana Supreme Court

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The Louisiana Supreme Court has rendered its verdict, formalizing the separation of St. George from Baton Rouge. Encompassing a 60-square-mile area and home to approximately 86,000 residents, St. George will now operate as an independent city with its own mayor and city council.