Make your way on I-10 West from Baton Rouge towards Cajun Country to take in the plentiful impact of African American Heritage Trail. Take a few days to drive through the area, visiting the celebrated Cajun cities of Lafayette, Opelousas and St. Martinville. Enjoy the landscape, cuisine, and nightlife that the area has to offer.
- Your first stop in Opelousas should be the Le Vieux Village Historical Park & Museum, featuring rich culture and heritage of Opelousas, Louisiana’s third oldest city.
- Next, stop by the Creole Heritage & Folklife Center, which serves primarily as an educational center for local youth but nonetheless offers an intense and very personal narrative of African American life in the first half of the twentieth century.
- While in the area, visit the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, one of the major Afro-Creole congregations in this area. The building features exquisite carvings and art by local craftsmen.
- Travel to St. Martinville to visit the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. This state historical site explores the cultural interplay among the diverse peoples along the famed Bayou Teche. Acadians and Creoles, Indians and Africans, Frenchmen and Spaniards, slaves and free people of color-all contributed to the historical tradition of cultural diversity in the Teche region.
- The African American Museum located in St. Martinville’s historic district gives a very nuanced and powerful interpretation of the Afro-Creole community in the region.
- Must haves while in the area - Boudin, crawfish, and cracklin. Grab drinks at a local craft brewery.
- Overnight in Lafayette or in one of the many local bed and breakfasts in the area.