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.



20 Years Preserving History and Culture

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center For The Arts
100 Lafayette St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Reception 3:00 PM | Program: 4:30 PM

Semi-Formal Attire

Darryl Hambrick: 225-910-3302
Sharon Morris: 225-955-4683

Join Us February 7th, 8th & 9th!

Louisiana Reconstruction Conference

The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) is an alliance of organizations and individuals that develops educational programs to engage scholars, teachers, students, citizens, and the public in discussions about the history of Slavery, Freedom, and Resistance.

The LPHF's Louisiana Reconstruction Conference is the first in a series of public programs designed by the Forum to educate the public about the people, events and landmarks associated with the era known as Reconstruction. The period of Reconstruction in Louisiana began immediately following Emancipation in 1865 and ended with the last Black Louisiana legislaton.

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Contact: Kathe Hambrick Jackson

Alternative to Scary Halloween: Year Three in Donaldsonville

Donaldsonville, La.-----Ease on down the yellow brick road with us at the River Road African American Museum as we continue our L'applause: Black Film program and Outdoor Movie Series showing THE WIZ starring Dianna Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

Relive the magical musical journey with Dorothy to the land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion. Bring your children who don't like scary Halloween. Parents will enjoy this spectacular musical and readaption of "The Wizard of Oz" produced by Quincy Jones in 1978.

Prizes for the best costume representing the characters in the movies. We are looking for Michael Jackson and Diana Ross look-a-likes and the best Michael Jackson moon-walkers.

Refreshment, arts and crafts and face-painting. Free to the public.


River Road African American Museum Remembering the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, 1963

My uncle Arthur Scholastic Peters pictured with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his left and Andrew Young at the Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles. My uncle Arthur was the President of the West Coast SCLC. Photo taken my father, Harold Hambrick, Sr.

Join us in Plaquemine, Louisiana this Friday night at 7:00pm as we join the Plymouth Rock Baptist Church in the commemoration of "The Plaqueine Story".


In August of 1963 a large group of blacks were holding a civil rights meeting at Plymouth Rock Baptist Church. Sheriff Deputies arrived at the church on horseback. They were looking for James Farmer the National Director of the Congress of Racial equality (CORE). The deputies fired canisters of tear gas through the church windows. The mounted deputies then rode their horses into the sanctuary and jabbed cattle prods into the backs of those inside the church.

With the help of his Plaquemine friends, Farmer escaped to Donaldsonville hidden in the bottom of a hearse where he spent the night in the town jail.

Join the Plymouth Rock Baptist Church family as they Remember, Reflect and Rejoice.

"The Plaquemine Story"
Friday, August 23, 2013 (7:00pm)
Sunday, August 25, 2013 (3:00pm)
Plymouth Rock Baptist Church
58830 Iron Farm Road
Plaquemine, Louisiana



Transracial Parenting

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Teach for America teachers at Service Day at the River Road African American Museum

Left to right: River Road African American Museum former board member Valerie Jackson Jones, board member Glenda Parks, board president Darryl Gissel, former board president Amos Favorite, State Rep. Pat Smith, Union Pacific Railroad Representative Drew Tessier, Museum Exec. Director Kathe Hambrick Jackson, Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan and Bill Hess, great grandson of Julius Rosenwald.

Union Pacific presents $5,000 to the River Road African American Museum at Saturday's event Celebrating Louisiana Rosenwald Schools.

Gospel Music In the Park

May 4th, 2013
12 Noon - 8PM

Black History Month Civil Rights Film and Discussion

Geismar, La. ---------The Community Sisterhood is proud to join with the River Road African American Museum in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of one of the great events in American history. In the summer of 1963, the famous speech, “I Have a Dream” was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Great March on Washington. Many people do not know about the events that led up to this momentous occasion. In an effort to educate the youth of our community about this important period of American History, “Mighty Times: The Children’s March” will be shown at the Geismar Community Center on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7 p.m.

The acclaimed film, "Mighty Times: The Children's March" tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 to bring an end to segregation. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today's young people to be catalysts for positive social change.

or more information contact us at 225-933-3497 or at . Youth are invited to participate in a discussion following the film. Refreshments will be served.

L"Applause Film Festival Logo
Zora Neal Hurston: Jump at the Sun                                                       

September 24, 2011 | 6:00 pm

The Princess And The Frog                                                        

October 31, 2011 | 6:00 pm

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte & Old Donaldsonville           November 12, 2011 | 6:00 pm
Virtual tour of the MLK Monument in Washington, DC           January 15, 2012 | 6:00 pm
Miracle at St. Anna                                                            

February 2012 (Date TBD) All Veterans Will Be Honored

Bringin in the Spirit & I Do Collars First                                   March 18, 2012



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