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.

Leonard Julien, Sr.

What year did Leonard Julien invent the sugarcane planting machine?
Leonard Julien, Sr. was born in 1910 in Modeste, Louisiana. His great love for farming; combined with a lifelong ambition to improve agricultural production, lead to his invention of the sugarcane-planting machine. Learn the amazing story of this incredible inventor and see his actual invention.

Madame C. J. WalkerMadame C. J. Walker – Born in 1867 on a cotton plantation in Delta, Louisiana in Madison Parish, to enslaved parents, she was orphaned at the age of seven and at the age of twenty, became America’s first female self-made millionaire. Come discover why.The museum collection includes photographs and original documents from the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company & Beauty School and actual graduation certificates.


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