BP America donates $15,000 River Road African American Museum

Staff reports

The River Road African American Museum received a huge boost to its 2012 budget in the form of a $15,000.00 gift from BP America. This contribution helps to support the continued preservation of an incredible collection of artifacts, buildings, and documents. BP America’s largess enhances the museum’s exhibits and community programs and will strengthen the Museum's short and long-term sustainability objectives.

The River Road region of Louisiana encompasses many rural communities lining both sides of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. This opulent and fertile ground was rich for the observation and study of the history of diverse cultures. The community helped establish the museum collection by generously donating family documents, artifacts, photographs, maps, art, and eventually buildings. It is designated as one of America’s top ten African American Museums by American Legacy magazine and is listed as one of the first attractions on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

“The board of directors of the River Road African American Museum, the citizens of the rural communities and our many visitors, thank BP America for this donation. This timely gift is greatly appreciated during these difficult economic times and sustains our educational and cultural programs,” declares the Executive Director and Museum’s Founder, Kathe Hambrick Jackson.

The River Road African American Museum is a located in the beautiful downtown historic district of Donaldsonville and is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts and buildings for the purpose of educating visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities along the Mississippi River. Thousands of regional, national, and international visitors come to the museum to explore Louisiana’s rich culture and heritage every year. For more information call 225-474-5553 or visit the website,