Museum to honor 'Veterans from Past and Present'

Kathe Hambrick Jackson River Road African American Museum

The River Road African American Museum's mission is to educate visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities of South Louisiana through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of art, artifacts, and historic buildings. As a part of the Museum's community outreach and educational programming, the Museum is pleased to announce the second film in the fall Outdoor Movie series for 2012. All movies are shown at 406 Charles Street.

Date: Nov. 17

Event: Red Tails Outdoor Movie honoring Louisiana Tuskegee Airman

Live Jazz Honoring the Troops at 2 p.m.

Tuskegee airmen Calvin Moret arrives at 4 p.m.

Outdoor Movie starts at 6 p.m.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District's Avenue Evening Stroll. This year's event will be the Saturday following Veteran's Day. Thus the Museum has selected the film. Red Tails, a high flying epic inspired by the real- life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.

Calvin Moret is the special guest for the evening. It is not known whether Moret is the last surviving Louisiana Tuskegee airman. He is however the last surviving New Orleans member of the Tuskegee fighter pilots. These courageous men were the first African American pilots in the U.S. military. Moret was a flight officer commissioned in Nov. of 1944. He received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

Veterans from the river parishes are invited to join us in a special acknowledgement of American troops abroad. Families are encouraged to bring children to this historic event. Dress warm.