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WestBatonRougeMuseum.com 29b6dbcf-57c4-4c6a-be69-f7343921d5bb.png Friday, April 6th, 2018
Grand Opening of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Juke Joint Exhibit
Friday, April 6th at 6:30 PM
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Juke Joint exhibit on April 6th at 6:30PM. This new permanent exhibit will interpret the rich blues heritage of West Baton Rouge.  The Juke Joint grand opening is a tribute to Slim Harpo with living legends Henry Gray and Carol Fran along with tomorrow’s legends Carter Wilkinson and the Riverside Blues Band and Rudy “Trey” Richard, III. We will be frying fish and serving up Juke Joint beer from Tin Roof and the all new “Baby Scratch My Back” cocktail invented just for us by Cane Land Distilling Company.
 
Juke joints have a history that is deeply rooted in small towns throughout the south. West Baton Rouge was famous for the juke joints that provided relief to the workers coming in from the sugarcane fields and long hard days of work on the Mississippi River. The night time establishments in West Baton Rouge Parish drew crowds as the Blue Laws of East Baton Rouge did not apply on the west side. You could hear live music playing all night through open windows across the canebrake. Ernest Gaines is quoted in his memoir, Mozart to Leadbelly, “Baton Rouge was a dry town on Sundays; so I…would go across the Mississippi River into Port Allen, into The White Eagle bar.Gaines recalls hearing Bobby Rush, Bobby Blue Bland and Ernie K-Doe in The White Eagle.
 
Learn more and join us in celebration of the juke joints and the Blues musicians that made West Baton Rouge famous. Be prepared to dance and share your juke joint stories from West Baton Rouge Parish. For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.  The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Read more about the juke joint in this article featured in The Advocate.
The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History Book Club Fridays, April 6th – May 11th from 10 am - 12 pm, Free

The West Baton Rouge Museum is partnering with the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities to offer a six week RELIC (Readings in Literature and Culture) reading discussion group. The series will be held from 10 a.m. – Noon on consecutive Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 and May 4, 11. This RELIC series will be led by scholar, Dr. Olivia Pass who will introduce the featured books and lead group discussions. This series is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. However, advanced reservations are requested because a limited number of loan copies of the reading materials will be available. To reserve a spot, please call West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 Ext. 15.

The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience.  Readings include Cane River by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color by Sybil Kein, ed., Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice,  Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization by Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel.

Dr. Olivia McNeely Pass has taught both on the high school and college levels. She taught for twenty-two years in the public school system and earned both a master’s in English and one in journalism. After receiving her doctorate in English and American literature from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, she taught for Louisiana State University in Eunice and then Nicholls State from which she retired as a full professor in 2004. Since retirement she has taught as an adjunct at Tulane University in Biloxi and Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, and LSU in Baton Rouge. Dr. Pass has served as Chair of the Feliciana’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and has taught many OLLI classes. She has served as President of the West Feliciana’s Friends of the Library, President of the nonprofit arts organization that she helped found: A Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc., and served as Chair of the Writers and Readers Symposium.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Creoles du Monde exhibit which celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.   
Lunchtime Lecture and Book Signing:
Southern University Law Center
April 18th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Lunchtime Lecture and Book Signing for the newly published Southern University Law Center book featuring authors Dr. Rachel L. Emanuel and Carla Ball who will present the rich and colorful history of Southern University Law Center through selected images that portray legal education amid the continuing struggle for justice, inclusion, and equality.
Founded in 1947, the Southern University Law Center (SULC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a model for student body and faculty diversity. While SULC was once required by law to be an all-black institution, the school's founders and subsequent leadership have created a legacy of providing access and opportunity to legal education that continues today. SULC graduates, beginning with the legendary civil rights attorney, political leader, and educator Jesse N. Stone Jr. and others in the school's first graduating class of 1950, have become trailblazers. The alumni have been successful in law, business, government, and other careers in Louisiana and places beyond. This book highlights their successes as well as the historical events that have shaped this institution. From student-led efforts to desegregate public accommodations to alumni leadership in achieving greater diversity in the Louisiana judiciary, SULC has and continues to produce lawyer-leaders who effect positive change.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Enrichment Monday at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Monday, April 16th at 1:00 pm
The West Baton Rouge Museum is offering monthly training on various topics each month.  Current volunteers, staffers, and community members interested in volunteering are invited to attend.  Each month will feature a different topic that highlights a particular skill or activity the museum wishes to explore. This month, we will be focusing on preparations for the new tour program, Running on STEAM, launching later this year.
Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at (225) 336-2422 ext. 16 or email gwenn.laviolette@gmail.com. There is no fee for participation.
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