The West Baton Rouge Museum on Feb. 2 will open the “Cohn High School: How We Love Thee” exhibit commemorating the history and legacy of 20th-century African-American education in West Baton Rouge Parish by highlighting the only high school in the parish black kids could attend before integration.

Despite efforts of the alumni and residents to save Cohn High, the school building was demolished in 2014.

Co-curated by Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, director of the River Road African American Museum, the exhibit, which runs through March 20, begins with an early look at education efforts for black people in West Baton Rouge Parish and features a video compiled from oral history interviews, images of student life as well as artifacts on loan.

The museum will host an open reception for the exhibit on Feb. 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone with a link to the historic school is invited to share their memories.

The museum also will host a lecture at noon Feb. 4 titled “History of School Desegregation,” featuring attorney Alfreda Tillman Bester.

Coupee performance series

The Arts Council of Pointe Coupee will open its ninth Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a vocal performance by Spencer Racca.

Racca’s performance, titled “An Evening with the Rat Pack,” will feature selections from the Rayne native’s recently recorded cover album of favorites from Frank Sinatra and some of his Rat Pack partners.

Tickets are available at Roy’s Jewelers and The Therapy Center in New Roads, or by contacting Arts Council Director Gale Roy at (225) 718-1574.

Banquet tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 annual Membership Banquet. Tickets for the Feb. 2 event are $50 each, and RSVPs are required by Monday.

The 2016 banquet, at the Addis Community Center, begins at 6 p.m. with a social and silent auction, with dinner at 7 p.m.

The event will feature the installation of the chamber’s officers and board of directors, as well as the presentation of the 2015 Business of the Year Awards.

Anyone interested in attending can call (225) 383-3140 or email bonnie@

And in Pointe Coupee Parish, tickets are on sale for its chamber’s Feb. 25 membership and awards banquet, with guest speaker former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman.

Tickets are limited exclusively to chamber members until Feb. 1 and will be available after that date for $75 each.

For ticket information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (225) 638-3500.

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