Long time Baton Rouge icon ‘Buckskin’ Bill Black has died

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The longtime host of “Storyland” and “the Buckskin Bill Show” has died.  

William, “Buckskin Bill” Black, passed away Wednesday at 88-years-old.

Black hosted the programs for years, which made him a household name but that’s not where his legacy ended.

In the late 50’s and into the 60’s, he led the charge to bring a zoo to Baton Rouge. He enlisted the help of all of us children to buy the zoo’s biggest animal, raising enough pennies in just a few months to buy not one but two elephants.

After he left television, Black continued his service to Baton Rouge through various community projects and was a long-time member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. 

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