One happens upon news of Donaldsonville in unexpected places

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, my son-in-law handed me a copy of the Travel section of the Las Vegas Review Journal that featured an article on the African American Heritage Trail, telling me Donaldsonville was mentioned. Indeed, the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville is on the list of sites running from New Orleans to northern Louisiana. Also, included in the area are Laura Plantation in Vacherie and Evergreen Plantation in Wallace.

That Donaldsonville was included on the list of the first 26 sites by Louisiana tourism officials says something about the rich heritage and history of Donaldsonville.

Returning to Baton Rouge after a month’s visit with my daughter, Stacy and new granddaughter, I was greeted by the news Donaldsonville Revives Main Street Program.

The Main Street Program was indeed successful the first go-round and should prove to be even more so now that Donaldsonville has a Downtown Development Director and champions of all things historical like Liz Eure and the Historic District Commission.

There was much interest and cooperation in the first Main Street project from then Mayor, Toby Bourg and the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and downtown business leaders led by Bill Stegelmeyer, Jay Lemann and Sonny Graugnard; the banking community represented by Dave Dubreuil and Ken Bailey; Chair of the Historic District Commission Bill Thibaut as well as representatives of the fraternal, educational and ecumenical communities. The chemical industry and the media were also actively involved.

It does indeed take the entire village to bring about such success. It is my hope that these same groups as well as the community-at-large will come together to keep our historic city on the map as a notable place to visit as well as to live.

Yvonne Bahry Caballero

Baton Rouge