Lions

Parish: St. John the Baptist Parish

The Marathon refinery is located between Lions, a community founded by former slaves, and Garyville, a racially mixed community on the upstream side. Refinery operations and multiple accidents contributed to an unhealthy and noxious environment; residents from both towns were relocated with Lions being entirely displaced. The cemeteries of the historic settlement are the only remnants of the community and now completely surrounded by the Marathon refinery.

Photo showing former location of Lions. Photo Credit: Scape/Petrochemical America
Photo showing former location of Lions. Photo Credit: Scape/Petrochemical America
Satellite image showing the community of Lions between the Marathon Refinery and Cargill's grain elevator.
1998 Satellite image showing the community of Lions between the Marathon Refinery and Cargill's grain elevator.
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