Hammond DDD Awarded Preservation Grant for History Exhibit in Railroad Park

The Hammond Downtown Development District (DDD) is a recipient of the 2022-2023 Historic Preservation Fund Grant Award by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation for the development of a history exhibit in Railroad Park. The DDD recently unveiled the completed renovation of Railroad Park (106 NW Railroad Ave) - an urban, pedestrian plaza located in the heart of Downtown Hammond along the historic Illinois Central Railroad. The park’s design boasts nine brick pillars that offer protection from the active railroad that travels daily through the city’s center. These pillars are set to be the location of a history exhibit showcasing narratives from Hammond's railroad history.

The Railroad Park History Exhibit will offer the public an opportunity to learn about Hammond’s rich railroad history including its early development, impacts on local industry, and document its overall catalyst for Hammond’s development and its people. Upon project completion in Fall 2023, project partners will host a series of educational sessions, including a Railroad History Day.

The DDD is completing this project in partnership with Hammond Historic District, Southeastern Louisiana University Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum and Veteran Archives, the City of Hammond, Railroad Park architect, Roy Dufreche, and others.

Give us your input!

Community members are encouraged to participate and invited to learn more on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, October 15th at the Hammond Farmers Market (103 E Robert St) from 8AM-Noon
  • Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30-7pm
  • Wednesday, October 19th at the Hammond City Council Chambers (312 E Charles St) from 5:30-6:30PM.
  • Saturday, October 22nd at the Hammond Farmers Market (103 E Robert St) from 8AM-Noon


Join Us for Trivia

On Tuesday, October 18th, the DDD and Hammond Historic District will host a Railroad History Trivia Night in Railroad Park from 5:30-7PM. Participants will play trivia, win prizes, and learn more about the project! Trivia Night is open to individuals and teams. Registration (located on the DDD’s website) is not required but recommended.

To register for Trivia Night click here