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African American Trail in Louisiana

African American Trail in Louisiana 

Discover the culinary delights of local chefs. Learn all about the colourful Mardi Gras Indians.

Call on Melrose, a plantation once owned by a freed slave in the City of Natchitoches. Explore Southern Louisiana’s Laura Plantation, where you’ll learn how West African slaves brought the Bre’r Rabbit stories to America. And stroll the grounds of Destrehan Plantation, home to a successful Freedmen’s Bureau Colony during Reconstruction. Louisiana has been the birthplace of many famous African Americans and invites visitors to celebrate achievements of African Americans in art, architecture, law, education, sports, the culinary arts and more. Exhibits in the Cabildo and U.S. Mint in New Orleans, River Road African-American Museum near Burnside, the Kent Plantation House in Alexandria or the African American Museum in Shreveport are just some of the sites marked on the state-wide African American Heritage Trail. More information on museums, landmarks, historical homes and sites devoted to the preservation of Louisiana’s African American history can be found at 


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