The West Baton Rouge Museum will host an opening reception for two intriguing traveling exhibits: Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 & the March on Washington 1963, an exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture; and Purchased Lives, from the Historic New Orleans Collection. The evening event features performances by Bamboula 2000―presenting African Drumming demonstrations―and a one-woman show, Mrs. Catherine Cornelius from Smithfield Plantation: An Ex-slave Narrative, portrayed by Judy Whitney Davis.
Bamboula 2000 is a New Orleans-based, internationally-touring musical force that combines dance and sound like no other. Bamboula 2000's influences span three hundred years of Congo Square history and culture, yet they continue to innovate in present-day settings.
Judy Whitney Davis is a professional singer, actress, and voice-over artist. Her soulful storytelling and singing voice tends to transcend time, to bring the actual words of a formerly-enslaved woman to life.
Refreshments will be served after the performances. Free & open to the public. 7 pm–9 pm. westbatonrougemuseum.com or (225) 336-2422 Ext. 15.