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danielle
01-16-2005, 01:40 PM
Louisiana governor to pardon woman convicted in attempt to integrate pool

Sunday, January 16, 2005
Associated Press
Baton Rouge, La.- A woman arrested while trying to integrate a public swimming pool in 1963 will be pardoned by Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

Blanco said she will grant the pardon for Betty Claiborne, 62, on Monday as part of ceremonies honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I thought that it would speak to the way Louisiana has changed, and it also speaks to certain injustices of the past," Blanco said Friday.

Claiborne, then a 20-year-old college student, was arrested with four others on July 23, 1963, at the City Park pool, a social hub for the white community.

Claiborne, who is black, was taken to jail and charged with simple battery, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

She was convicted of simple battery, a misdemeanor. The charge recently became an issue because she was told she could not continue her position as chaplain at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison with a police record, Denise Bottcher, spokeswoman for Blanco, said Saturday.