Book tour to assist River Road museum

Author and former Donaldsonville resident Curtis J. Johnson starts a book tour Saturday in Gonzales to raise money for the River Road African American Museum.

Johnson, author of “Glimpses of Black Life Along Bayou Lafourche” will be selling and signing copies of his book from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Gonzales’ Jambalaya Park and from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday at Plymouthrock Baptist Church, 58830 Iron Farm Road, Plaquemine.

The book costs $35 for a hardcover copy and $25 for a softcover edition.

The book features stories about how black people lived, worked and succeeded in the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche region of south Louisiana from 1875 to 1975, Johnson said in a news release.

The writings cover St. James, Ascension, Assumption and Lafourche parishes.

“Much of the manuscript is based on in-depth oral histories from family members, friends, neighbors and others who lived and worked in communities throughout the region,” Johnson said.

“The book is brimming with my personal experiences and those of our immediate and extended family members and friends and acquaintances throughout the region.”

Proceeds from tour book sales will be donated to the museum for its renovation of a Rosenwald School building moved to the museum campus from St. James Parish several years ago.

For information or to confirm an event, call (757) 641-6680.

Other book tour dates:

Monday: Noon to 2 p.m., Assumption Parish Library, 293 Napoleon Ave., Napoleonville.

Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. James Parish Library, 2593 La. 20, Vacherie.

Sept. 14: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Southern University Bookstore & A.W. Mumford Stadium, Baton Rouge.

Sept. 18: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville Branch, 500 Mississippi St.

Sept. 19: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wal-Mart, Donaldsonville, 37000 La. 3089.

Sept. 21: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble LSU, Baton Rouge.