Three years ago while still living in Montana, I came across a section in Essence magazine that caught my eye. Two pages of guide to Black historical sites all over the state of Louisiana. This was perfect timing considering we knew Shreveport, Louisiana would be our next base assignment. I immediately searched the list for Shreveport locations and to my surprise found two of them. One of those locations is the Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport. I finally had the opportunity to visit this museum last week in celebration of Black history month.
Not only was the artwork stunning, I was able to meet one of the artists, Eric Francis, who painted the beautiful pieces you see below this paragraph. The Toni Morrison painting is one of my absolute favorites. He’s one of the many local and talented artists part of the current Black History Month exhibit for Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport. You can see more of his work by clicking here or contact him by clicking here.
The longer we’re here in the Shreveport area the more I’m learning about it’s rich history. Especially Black history. I’m trying to be more proactive about attending local activities and events highlighting our culture. Of course covid has changed a lot of these plans, but people’s creativity has only gotten better. Here I share a few of my favorite exhibits and pieces from my first SUMAS experience. You can always check out the museum’s website and details here for more information.