Visit the River Road African American Museum and learn about the past in order to understand the future.

Most of the items in the museum’s collection have been donated or loaned by families from the surrounding parishes including St. James, Iberville, Assumption, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, East and West Baton Rouge.

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.


Pardon our progress.

Due to restructuring, the River Road African American Museum is open for tours by appointment only until further notice:

Sincerely, Management & The Board of Directors

Admission is $10.00 person Children under 6 yrs.

Please make your arrangements by email at: or call 225-206-1225.

Our archives contain historical documents, books, rare photographs, and videos. Our collection includes artifacts, newspaper ads for runaway slaves; obituaries; certificates of midwives and rural black doctors; photos and sketches of inventors such as Leonard Julien and Madame C. J. Walker in addition to politicians, soldiers, artisans, and entrepreneurs.

School and Church tour programs draw upon the universal appeal of music, art and history to promote an appreciation for diversity and encourage creative expression for children visiting the museum and area plantations along the Mississipi River.

Tour Options:

  • Scavenger Hunt


Please call us at  225-206-1225 or email us at to book a tour to the museum. 

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