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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Asbury Park Press: Louisiana unveils Black American Heritage Trail

Asbury Park Press: Louisiana unveils Black American Heritage Trail
Mary Foster, AP

Louisiana tourism officials have unveiled the first 26 sites on an African American Heritage Trail running from New Orleans to northern Louisiana.

"It will tell the stories of African Americans who have made contributions to Louisiana, to America and to the world," said Chuck Morse, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism. "It makes us proud, but it's not about pride totally. It's also about the economy."

There are 26 stops on the trail to begin with, although that will be expanded. Included are the expected - plantations with details about slaves' lives, and the early roots of jazz - and the unexpected - such as Melrose Plantation, built and owned and operated by a former slave, who in turn became a slave owner.

To read more: http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080330/LIFE02/803300444

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