July 20, 2024


May 23, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In Person

Film Screening: A Crime on the Bayou

Free with RSVP
Center For Jewish History

Join us for a screening of A Crime on the Bayou, followed by a discussion with civil rights attorney and one of the film’s subjects, Armand Derfner.

A Crime on the Bayou is the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. He gently lays his hand on a white boy’s arm. The boy recoils like a snake. That night, police burst into Duncan’s trailer and arrest him for assault on a minor. A young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, leaves his prestigious D.C. firm to volunteer in New Orleans. With his help, Duncan bravely stands up to a racist legal system powered by a white supremacist boss to challenge his unfair arrest. Their fight goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and their lifelong friendship is forged.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with matching ID is required in order to enter the Center for Jewish History

This program is sponsored by Dr. Larry Kanter in memory of Jack Coleman.

Center For Jewish History


Center For Jewish History
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