Explore How African Americans Have Influenced Louisiana Food During This Insightful Exhibit

Since 1994, River Road African American Museum has educated visitors about the contributions of Africans and African Americans who lived and worked on the sugarcane and rice plantations in the region, known as plantation country. Exhibits reflect the fortitude and achievements birthed by a generation of artists, educators, physicians, craftsmen, politicians, inventors, and musicians. River Road African American Museum welcomes you to explore the “African Influences on LA Cuisine” exhibit on Wednesday, December 4th.

“African Influences on LA Cuisine” explores the origin of various foods, which have become a part of American cuisine. Many of the foods referred to as soul food are influenced by the crops and preparation methods carried over to the new territory in Louisiana by the enslaved Africans.

Like the gumbo for which it is famous, South Louisiana cuisine has been influenced by the African presence of spices, vegetables, and grains. Sometimes called Creole or Cajun, the food is a rich blend of African, French, and Spanish cultures. Preparation methods and traditions have been greatly influenced by the Africans; it was sometimes the Black hand in the pot which made the food interesting and unique to Louisiana culture.

The River Road African American Museum captures the spirit, soul, and significance of the people who thrived and enriched South Louisiana’s sugarcane country. The museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities of South Louisiana through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of art, artifacts, and historic buildings.

Next Wednesday, make time to check out “African Influences on LA Cuisine” at the River Road African American Museum! General admission is $10 and free for children under the age of 6. For more information, please contact the River Road African American Museum at (225) 474 -5553 or

No matter where your interests lie, there is something for everyone at Creekside Crossing Apartments in Walker, Louisiana. Take advantage of the area’s finest restaurants, shopping, and more when you reside here. Let this event be the start of your new, indulgent lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Wednesday, December 4, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
River Road African American Museum
406 Charles Street
Donaldsonville, Louisiana 70346

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