On the National Register of Historic Places, you can “feel the spirit” in Reserve, at Our Lady of Grace Historic Sanctuary, the first Catholic Church in the area built for African American parishioners, in 1937. Part of the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail, Historic Riverlands is located on 4 acres of property with ample parking and a Gazebo available for outdoor dining. Regular tour times are Wednesdays at 10am and 2pm, and the first Saturday of every month at the same times. However, Group tours (10 or more persons) and Student groups may be scheduled at any time and tailored to accommodate any audience.. Private events with catering options are also available. Combination tours are available with advance notice.
Historic site offers two tours:
Historic Riverlands Tour: This tour will take your youth back in time, where they will experience what it was like to attend church in the South during the Jim Crow period. We like to describe this Experience as a place "Where: Truth is revealed, History is revisited, Minds are renewed and Hearts are repaired." In addition your youth witness a brick making demonstration, with a machine created by two locals back in the 1950s. After this presentation, our visitors are encouraged to take a stroll down our Historic Blvd to visit Martha's Memories Gift Shop and Eula’s Enrichment Library amongst a few other surprise discoveries along the way!
Soul River Musical Journey Tour: This tour will take you on a musical journey through African American History from the 1700 to present. You will learn what was going on in society when the genera of music was created, who created the music and last but not least you will listen to the music. We guarantee you will end up patting your feet and clapping your hands during this experience! This tour also includes a live performance from a local recording artists.
Please click here to download a brochure from Historic Riverlands Church.