River Road African American Museum, Baton Rouge, Black Travel

River Road African American Museum, Baton Rouge



Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is a spicy riverfront mix of Louisiana state capital, heritage sites, and a college town. Aside from Southern University and extraordinary Cajun cuisine, the plantation-based Black museum is special.

History
Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville gazed upon a bluff above the Mississippi River and saw a big red stick.

Cultural Sites
Odell S. Williams African American History Museum enables a deep dive to our heritage.

Restaurants & Nightclubs
Chicken Shack, its knuckle-sucking good.

Shops & Galleries
Southern University Museum of Art Giftshop is must visit for African American art.

Cajun Cuisine
Since Cajuns were poor, they depended on what was available on or near the land.

Zydeco Music
Zydeco is derived from “les haricots sont pas salés” which means “the snap beans are not salty.”

Heritage Sites
Mount Zion Baptist Church was Organized in 1859 by African Americans.

Family Attractions
Louisiana Art & Science Museum features the collection of African American sculptor Frank Hayden.

General Attractions
During the Huey P. Long governorship, America’s tallest State Capitol skyscraper was erected.

Arts
The 150-year-old statehouse with a grand stairway.

Baton Rouge Trivia & Famous Residents
The city’s name is French for “Red Stick.”

Lake Charles
On the night of Mardi Gras, gyrating revelers fling purple, gold and green beads

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