“The Women Who Built Baton Rouge”
by Aileen Hendricks
The play “Women Who Built Baton Rouge” by Aileen Hendricks is a series of fascinating monologues developed from personal interviews with a variety of women in Baton Rouge in 2002 and one with the present day mayor in September 2017. The first monologue is based on Sarah Morgan’s diary, 1861 to 1865, and other researched sources. The play honors the 200 year anniversary of the incorporation of Baton Rouge and some of the women who helped make Baton Rouge into the great city it is today. Some of the women are better known than others. Mary Frey Eaton and Sharon Weston Broome, the Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, are public figures. Sarah Morgan’s family was often referred to as “The Aristocrats of Baton Rouge” and her diary gives a detailed account of The Civil War in Louisiana’s present-day capital. These women represent all the women who work tirelessly to support and build our society, culture, and country. Although they are all different, they all share one quality without which we could not survive and progress; they have a generosity of spirit that translates into working to build Baton Rouge and America into a great city and country. Come listen to them; they have something to teach everyone.