African-American Heritage Trail was trumpeted by Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu this week at the New Orleans African American Museum" located in Tremé, called the oldest surviving black community in the United States.
"Louisiana is one of the top destinations for African American travelers in the country. Through this trail, we are linking together local museums, churches, and cultural centers from across the state to tell Louisiana's rich African American heritage story," said Landrieu.There are 26 sites on the Af-Am Heritage Trail, most located in South Louisiana.
In Shreveport two sites are part of the trail: the Multicutural Center for the South and the Southern University Museum at Shreveport.
Both the Shreveport sites are classy institutions. Yet, based on anecdotal evidence, I'd say that few readers have visited either one of them. Eventually that will change. And the Heritage Trail designation is going to help the process.
Based on finding their web site, I believe that Shreveport also has a Multicultural Tourism Commission, an entity devoted to facilitating Af-Am heritage tours. Alas their calendar announces events held in 2007.
Regardless of the whole deal being in an infancy, the new Af-Am Trail is a vibacious package. Shreveport has numerous sites - such as the Calanthean Temple area along Texas Ave - that could eventually be part of an extensive ethnic tour (inasmuch as it might include historic Chinese eateries as well as black institutions).
Does the tourism bureau or the mayor have a master plan for such development?