Old Arabi jail future site of Sugar Museum

Chalmette, La. - St. Bernard will soon be home to the first-ever sugar museum.  St. Bernard President Dave Peralta has given the green light to the Office of Tourism to begin planning for the future site of the St. Bernard Parish Sugar Museum.  The museum will be located in the Old Arabi Jail at 220 Hernandez Street in the Historic District.

The Sugar Museum exhibit will showcase the history and culture sugar has created for this area.  The museum will be promoted regionally to tell the story of St. Bernard's Sugar Trail and parish officials hope it will be another attraction to encourage people to visit the Parish.

The Old Arabi Jail is currently undergoing a $528,000 restoration which should be completed by mid-summer.  Once renovations are complete, museum exhibits including sugar products, artifacts for refining sugar and virtual tours are all being planned for St. Bernard's newest tourist attraction. The project will be partially funded by the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Grant.