Louisiana African American Heritage Trail

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
New Orleans African American Museum

Louisiana African American Heritage Trail (French: Sentier de l'héritage afro-américain de la Louisiane) is a cultural heritage trail with 26 sites designated in 2008 by the state of Louisiana, from New Orleans along the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge and Shreveport, with sites in small towns and plantations also included.[1][2] In New Orleans several sites are within a walking area. Auto travel is required to reach sites outside the city.

A variety of African-American museums devoted to art, history and culture are on the "trail", as is the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, and the first two churches founded by and for free people of color. The trail includes two extensive plantation complexes, with surviving quarters used by people who lived and worked at the plantations until 1930 in one case, and into the 1960s at the other. Two historically black universities are also on the trail.[1][2]

Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu promoted the designation of the cultural heritage trail to highlight the many contributions of African Americans to the culture of Louisiana and the United States, and promote these sites as destinations for tourism, which is increasingly important to the state economy.

Historic sites[edit]

Included are:

  • New Orleans -
Congo Square;
New Orleans African American Museum;
St. Augustine Church (New Orleans), Tremé;
St. Louis Cemeteries No. 1 and No. 2;
French Market; and
Amistad Research Center, Tulane University

See also[edit]


External links[edit]