River Road African-American Museum

406 Charles Street
Donaldsonville, LA 70346

225-474-5553

About Us :
The River Road African American Museum, is located in the downtown historic district of Donaldsonville and was founded on March 12, 1994.

Kathe Hambrick, the museum founder and director, returned to Louisiana from California in 1991. Upon returning to Louisiana, she soon discovered that although some things had changed, other things remained the same.

There was a lack of knowledge about the contributions of African Americans who lived and worked on the plantations along the Mississippi River.

Hambrick toured plantations that lined the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. These tours romanticized the lives of plantation owners and their families. Hambrick found that the history of the enslaved Africans was not included in the narratives that were presented on the plantation tours. Upon learning of this grave omission, she vowed to herself - "We must do something to tell our story..." Later on, one night, it just came to Hambrick that the answer was a museum.

The museum’s relocation to Donaldsonville is significant in that it now incorporates the stories and unique history and landmarks of the Donaldsonville area which once was the capital of Louisiana.

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