Cuttin' Cane Ain't All We Do

This 2-hour tour is designed for middle and high school students. Students are taken on an interactive journey through plantation life in Louisiana’s sugar country from the antebellum period to the 1960’s Civil Rights era.

Students will gain an understanding of:

  • the role the plantation system played in the lives of enslaved workers.
  • the skills and knowledge the enslaved contributed to plantation life.
  • the political, cultural, scientific, and educational contributions of newly freed African Americans during the Reconstruction era into the 20th and 21st centuries.Cuttin’ Cane Ain’t All We Do
  • the contributions of local African Americans in their quest to achieve political and social equality in West Baton Rouge and beyond.

Tour Information

  • Program Length: 2 Hours
  • Recommended for: 6th Grade through 12th Grade


Cuttin’ Cane Ain’t All We Do is being supported in part by an African American Civil Rights Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. This civil rights tour and curriculum guide takes visitors through several of the historic structures on the West Baton Rouge Museum’s six-acre campus, highlighting local contributions to engineering, education, social progress, and music – because music is the ultimate expression of freedom.