Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Uncle Jack Team Field Report

LSU Rural Life Museum

4650 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA
I-10 exit 160. Turn south onto Essen Lane and then make a quick right at the first light into the grounds of the LSU Rural Life Museum. Drive back 1.5 miles, following the twists and turns of the paved road. You'll come to a gravel traffic circle; drive half-way around, and continue along the gravel road (If you drive three-quarters of the way around, you'll see the back of Uncle Jack on the right). Continue driving. The road bends left to the parking lot of the Museum. Ask at the Museum for walking directions back to Uncle Jack.
Daily 8-5. Must enter through the museum. (Call to verify)
Adults $9.
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Uncle Jack
Defended by a few as a misunderstood historical representation of Southern courtesy, but most people don't buy it. In the museum back property, with explanatory signs. Report... [03/22/2018]

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Courteous Uncle Jack Statue

You have to pay and go through the museum now. We thought we could go into the gardens directly. We arrived at 5:05 and they said they were closed and we couldn't go around back.

[PixieWife, 03/20/2016]

It's a bit of a walk from the back of the museum to the statue, so visitors are out of luck if the museum staff is ready to go home (The museum is open every day until 5 PM). We found them very courteous when we visited, but it was before closing time.

Courteous Uncle Jack Statue.

Courteous Uncle Jack Statue

The statue is located at the Monroe garden. When you are onto the road you can see Uncle Jack on the left, standing in the garden.

[christy miers, 01/25/2014]

The bronze statue of an old man tipping his hat has stood in Baton Rouge since 1927 (it was moved to the museum grounds in 1972) and continues to be controversial as each new generation assesses it. The statue's white sponsor said it was meant to commemorate blacks' contributions to Louisiana's economic growth -- but is Uncle Jack tipping his hat from courtesy or servility? The statue is believed to be the first of a solitary black man in the USA.

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