Black BR nurses share their stories on LPB

Advocate file photo -- Reuniting in 2010 are early black nurses in Baton Rouge, from left,  Ida Henderson, Wilma Washington, Lusinda Warren and Gwendolyn Miller. The women's story will be told on Friday's 'Louisiana:the State We're In.' Show caption
Advocate file photo -- Reuniting in 2010 are early black nurses in Baton Rouge, from left, Ida Henderson, Wilma Washington, Lusinda Warren and Gwendolyn Miller. The women's story will be told on Friday's 'Louisiana:the State We're In.'

Some of the first black nurses who worked at Baton Rouge General Hospital will tell their stories on Friday’s “Louisiana: The State We’re In.”

The show airs at 7 p.m. on WLPB, Channel 27.1 (cable Channel 12).

Breaking the color barrier and paving the way for many others, the women will tell of having to work with inferior equipment and struggling with segregation.

The show will also travel to Natchitoches’ annual “Festival of Lights.” Since 1927, Natchitoches residents have welcomed visitors to the display of more than 300,000 Christmas lights along the banks of the Cane River. Charlie Whinham’s segment is called “Louisiana Christmas Journey.”