Baton Rouge is known to have a rich history and at the very heart of it lies one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) system, Southern University and A&M College. Founded in 1881, Southern University opened at its first location in New Orleans, with 12 enrollees and the goal to broaden educational opportunities for Black students. Southern University later relocated to its current location at the very site the French explorers discovered Baton Rouge – Scott’s Bluff – on the Mississippi River.
Stroll through the historic campus and see the Red Stick sculpture, which borders a panoramic view of the Mississippi River. Immerse yourself in the culture by paying a visit to the Southern University Museum of Art or catch a game day, where you can take in the sounds of the Human Jukebox and the tastes and smells of all the good food coming from the tailgates. Southern University truly is a tradition like no other!