Museum announces January programs

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The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front St., will host two programs in the month of January. Regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed.  These programs are free and open to the public. Visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org or call (318) 357-2492 for more information.

“Echoes of Civil Rights in Natchitoches with Alpha Phi Alpha” will be Saturday, Jan. 16 from 2-2:45 p.m.

This is a presentation by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc., Theta Chi Chapter at NSU where they will present the history of their fraternity, pay homage to one of their distinguished members Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and share the history of civil rights in Natchitoches.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the City of Natchitoches as part of the weekend events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Lunchtime Lagniappe: ‘What About Uncle Tom’s Cabin?’ Looking for the Literary Cabin in Natchitoches Parish” will be Friday, Jan. 22 from 12:15-12-45 p.m.

Jason Church from The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will discuss the urban legend that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s literary figures of Uncle Tom and Simon Legree were based on people from Natchitoches Parish. The lecture will also explore the history and disappearance of the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” from the McAlpin Plantation in Derry, as well as other “genuine” Uncle Tom’s Cabins.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunches with them and eat while listening to the presentation.