Bus Tour: The Legacy of Extractive Industries in Southern Louisiana

May. 19, 2019 - May. 19, 2019 New Orleans

Photo credit © Julie Dermansky, Julie Dermansky Photography

Organized as part of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) annual convention’s official programming, this bus tour will take participants upriver to witness the impact of industry on the environment of our region, as well as the historical transitions from plantations to refineries along the “Cancer Alley” corridor in the River Parishes.

Led by Leon Waters, founder of the Louisiana Museum of African American History and organizer of Hidden Histories tours; Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade–a citizen science organization; and Monique Verdin, tribal council person for the United Houma Nation.

Organizers & Sponsors = Antenna, The Natural History Museum, and the AAM Environment and Climate Professional Network

Learning objectives are:

  • 1 – Participants will learn about the historical and present-day effects of fossil fuel development in Southern Louisiana.
  • 2 – Participants will understand the correlation between the legacy of plantations and the subsequent environmental dilapidation of the region and its communities by petrochemical companies.
  • 3 – Participants will examine the role that institutional programming can play in documentation and dissemination of environmental issues, and how such work can support efforts of traditionally marginalized and front line communities.


Logistics 9am-12pm


Bus will depart at 9am at the Convention Center and return there at 12pm.