There are a wide variety of entertainment and events happening around Natchitoches in celebration of Black History month: Concerts, art exhibitions, workshops, parades, presentations and performances.
Friday, February 7
7:00 p.m. “Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance & the Underground Railroad”
Performance by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
Asbury Methodist Church, 704 5th Street
‘Black Fire: 147 Years of Black Methodism in Natchitoches Parish
An exhibit and presentation featuring the influence on Black Methodism in Natchitoches Parish.
Asbury Methodist, 704 5th Street
Saturday, February 8
10:00 a.m. Walking Tour of the National Landmark Historic District
Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical Park will offer guided walking tours of
downtown Natchitoches. Tours will begin at Natchitoches Historic Foundation, 550 Second Street
10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. ‘Making a Mark' Exhibit featuring Clementine Hunter
The exhibit will communicate Clementine Hunter's role & influence as a celebrated
African American artist. Lemee House, 310 Jefferson Street
12:00 p.m.,2:00 p.m. The Life & Times of Marie-Therese ‘Coin Coin’
A monologue by Betty Roque reflecting on the life of Marie-Therese ‘Coin Coin’.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, 155 Jefferson Street
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Natchitoches Arts Gallery Exhibit Showcase
An exhibit featuring Natchitoches Central High School art students.
Natchitoches Arts Gallery, 584 Front Street
5:00 p.m.,7:00 p.m. Live Musical Entertainment by Hardrick Rivers
On the riverbank of Cane River Lake in Downtown Natchitoches
Tuesday, February 18
10:00 a.m.,4:30 p.m. Lights Out in Blackham Preview
In 1966, Beryl Shipley, former coach of University of Southwest Louisiana, became the first coach to integrate his athletic team in the Deep South. Filmmaker Douglas Domingue will preview Shipley's role in Louisiana sports history. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest History Museum, 800 Front Street, Natchitoches
Saturday, February 22
9:00 a.m.,12:00 p.m. Gospel Music Workshop
Workshops will be held to discuss the power of gospel music. Abundant Life Church, 618 Ben Drive, Natchitoches
2:00 p.m. Taste of Culture African American Heritage Parade
The parade lines up at Trudeau & Martin Luther King Street, it will travel up MLK to Amulet, down Amulet turning left on Jefferson Street, then left onto Church Street & arriving at Fifth Street & back down Trudeau to MLK Street.
Sunday, February 23
5:00 p.m. Gospel Concert featuring Thomas Dorsey, The Hawkins Family & Kirk Franklin
Abundant Life Church, 618 Ben Drive, Natchitoches