After the discovery, Shell commissioned an archeological and genealogical study, which determined that as many as one thousand enslaved people are interred in unmarked graves in these burial grounds.

The River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) will host a series of screenings of a video produced from the efforts of the River Road African Burial Grounds Coalition that honored the lives of the enslaved people buried in the Bruslie Plantation Cemetery and the Monroe Plantation Cemetery on Shell Oil property in Ascension Parish.

The Bruslie and Monroe Cemeteries were discovered during a 2013 survey of Shell’s property in Ascension Parish near the company’s Convent refinery. After the discovery, Shell commissioned an archeological and genealogical study, which determined that as many as one thousand enslaved people are interred in unmarked graves in these burial grounds.

In 2017, the RRAAM, members of the descendant community, and Shell formed a partnership, the River Road Slave Burial Grounds Coalition, to preserve, protect, and acknowledge these slave cemeteries, which hold cultural significance for Louisiana and the United States.

In 2018, a memorial was held at the ruins of the Tezcuco Plantation on Shell Convent property. The event offered attendees an opportunity to visit the cemeteries and learn more about the effort, while also honoring those interred for their contributions to society.

The screenings of the video will held at the following locations:

---Tuesday, February 5, at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) at 1:30 p.m. 201 Community College Drive, Louisiana Boardroom in Louisiana Building, Baton Rouge, La.

---Friday, February 15, at River Parish Community College (RPCC) at 1 p.m. 925 West Edenborne Parkway, Multi-Purpose Room - #141, Gonzales, La.

---Tuesday, February 19, at Southern University A & M at 4 p.m. E Street, Cotillion Ballroom in the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union, Baton Rouge, La.

---Friday, February 22, at River Parish Community College (RPCC) at 1 p.m. 181 Regala Par Road, Media Room - #K303, Reserve, La.

---Saturday, February 23, at River Parish Community College (RPCC) at 6 p.m. 181 Regala Par Road, Media Room - #K303, Reserve, La.

The preservation of African American history in Louisiana has been the mission of the River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) for the past 25 years.

For more information contact Todd Sterling at toddlsterling@gmail.com or 225-229-1906.

Contributed by the River Road African American Museum