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Louisiana Civil Rights Museum


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History unfolds at the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum: The Inaugural Experience inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Follow the museum’s three dynamic pathways–the Right to Assemble, the Right to Education, and the Right to Vote–as they trace the connection between foundational stories from the late 19th century and events of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Experience history through archival videos and firsthand oral histories of the marches, protests, and boycotts that shaped the movement. These narratives feature stories of activists along the 105-mile march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge, New Orleans' direct action protests and lunch counter sit-ins, the brave students challenging segregation in schools throughout the state, and many more. Step into the Dreamcube, an interactive virtual reality room where visitors can hear from actual witnesses and participants as pivotal Civil Rights events come to life through immersive storytelling.

Explore the state’s history and leave inspired by the courage and resilience that define Louisiana’s Civil Rights legacy. Discover the profound impact of individuals and communities that shaped the course of history, leaving an indelible mark on Louisiana’s ongoing story of progress.

History of the Museum

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser’s vision for the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail, realized in 2021, evolved into the catalyst for the museum’s first installation, "The Inaugural Experience." Unveiled at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in October 2023, this 5,000-square-foot exhibit features multimedia videos, oral histories, and a state-of-the-art Dreamcube, which immerses visitors in two significant moments in Civil Rights history: the 105-mile march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge, and the desegregation of New Orleans schools.

“The Inaugural Experience” marks the beginning of the museum's institutional history, with a vision for future expansion into a more comprehensive and permanent facility. The museum aspires to perpetually illuminate Louisiana’s impactful civil rights legacy, while expanding in depth, breadth, and scope over the following decades.

Don't miss the DreamCube virtual reality experience! Looking for more? Visit the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail to learn more about significant sites across the state.