845 N. Jefferson Ave.
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30AM, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host
Mammy and the Underground Railroad, a family friendly program presented by Gaynell Brady,
founder of Mammy’s, a traveling enrichment program. Thousands of Freedom Seekers found their
way to liberty after escaping through the Underground Railroad. Learn about the many ways
Mammy served as a Conductor on the Underground Railroad. This program will include storytelling,
a scavenger hunt to collect goods around the museum complex, and crafts to create an engaging and
deep experience for families. This 60-minute program is perfect for ages 6 and up.
Mammy’s brings interactive history lessons relevant to Louisiana and American History where
participants learn about the lives of Louisiana's Mammies. In 2007, Gaynell Brady began researching
her family tree. Through genealogical research, evidence revealed her family has lived in Louisiana
for over 200 years. In fact, she has roots in West Baton Rouge Parish. After careful analysis of her
family tree, she noticed there was one theme that was prevalent among all of her mammies—the
desire to make each generation stronger and smarter. The inspiring stories of her mammies left her
with a sense of pride, strength, and courage.
Mammy and the Underground Railroad is being offered in conjunction with the national traveling exhibit
from Exhibits USA, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad that will be
on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum through May 25, 2019.
This program is being offered FREE of charge. However, space is limited and registration is
requested by calling 225-336-2422 extension 200. West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845
North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit