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.

Education is a vital part of the mission and vision of the River Road African American Museum. We are dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts and buildings for the purpose of educating visitors.  

Listed below are some of the education programs we offer in conjunction with our educational tours for schools. Educators are invited to learn more about the programs as well as utilize the downloadable resources.


The Underground Railroad
Underground Railroads

The Underground Railroad was not underground, was not a railroad, and was not a single route or system of trails. It was the term used to describe both random and concerted effort for people to free themselves from bondage. Louisiana’s stories of freedom, like the Underground Railroad itself, are hidden in secrecy and mystery. The struggle for freedom ran deep in the hearts of the enslaved Africans in Louisiana as elsewhere in the country. The spirit of self-sacrifice for the cause of freedom and democracy has been present throughout the history of African Americans.

The Freedom Garden
Freedom Garden

The “Freedom Garden” reveals the history of Louisiana’s Underground Railroad and shows a variety of vegetation that was cultivated through the use of slave labor. Freedom seekers might have used the edible and medicinal plants displayed in this garden as a mechanism of survival while escaping from the plantations in the region. Some of the plants are indigenous to Africa, some were domesticated on the plantations, and many could be found in the wilderness along the bayous, rivers and swamps.

Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt

The Scavengers Hunts found in this section of the website may be used by teachers for grades 3 - 12 who are planning visits to the River Road African American Museum. This is the first in a series of interactive resource materials that can be used by students and teachers that will enhance your visit to the museum. Please download this file or have students download the questions and bring the questions with them on the tour. Students will be given time after eache tour to find the answers; staff is available to assist them.

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