Perseverance, Strength and Faith

The River Road African American Museum, located in the historic district of Donaldsonville, Louisiana is the premier facilitiy in the South to focus on the history and heritage of
African Americans along the Mississippi River.
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.


With over 300 years of history, the legacy and importance of Africans in America to the growth of the South, the United States and the world is evident through the collection and exhibits of rare artifacts found at the museum.

We invite you to view a glimpse of the exhibits we offer at the River Road African American Museum here on our website. History awaits you.

Dr. John H. Lowery

What year did Dr. Lowery recieve his medical degree.
Dr. John H. Lowery, a very prominent doctor in Ascension Parish and born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, received his medical degree from New Orleans University in 1894.

This is the Africa Plantation.

The Africa Plantation is also associated with the museum for another reason. Want to know why? Then click on the link MUSEUM at the top of the page.
Why is Dr. Lowery associated with it?

Ulysses Grant Dailey- Was born in Donaldsonville in 1885. Dailey assisted the well-known African American Dr. Daniel Hale Williams with the first successful open heart surgery.

Ernest Nester Ezidore – One of the first students to attend Southern University, Ezidore served both black and white patients during the time of segregation; in the St. James parish rural community.

Visit the museum or purchase Our Roots Run Deep to learn more about Dr. Feaster Dean, Dr. Watkins, Dr. Brazier, and Thelma Wakefield, each born one generation out of slavery, becoming prominent citizens in the rural communities along the Mississippi River.


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