Where there is no vision,
the people shall perish.
The River Road African American Museum exhibits include Free People of Color; African Influences on Louisiana Cuisine; Rural Roots of Jazz; Black Doctors of the River Road; Louisiana Black Inventors; Folk Artists; Louisiana Underground Railroad; Reconstruction Period; History of Education in Plantation Country and Slave Inventories
Visit the River Road African American Museum and learn about the past in order to understand the future.
Learn about the story of the River Road African American Museum from its beginning to our future plans. Here also you find is our vision/mission statements and a letter from the founder/director of the museum, Kathe Hambrick.

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The River Road African American Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts and buildings for the purpose of educating visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.




The River Road African American Museum is the South’s premiere museum complex. The museum complex is located on the corner of Lessard and Williams Street in the historic district of downtown Donaldsonville, Louisiana. It is the only African American museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts and buildings for the purpose of educating visitors about the history and culture of the rural communities along the Mississippi River. The complex houses a prime collection of folk art from the region.The museum's collection includes several buildings: Central Agricultural Schoolhouse, the True Friend’s Benevolent Society Hall, and the Africa Plantation. Visitors will learn about the African and American influences on Louisiana architecture, agriculture, politics, music,
folklore and cuisine.







406 Charles Street  |  Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Phone: 225.474.5553  |   kathe@aamuseum.org
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