Visit the only museum focused on the issue of slavery in the U.S.
The first museum in America dedicated entirely to slavery in the U.S. opened in 2014 in Wallace, Louisiana. It’s called Whitney Plantation – and it’s the ONLY slavery museum in the United States. I found that shocking really. Race relations in our country cannot be understood or healed without fully understanding and healing our slave-owning past.
From the website >> “Within the boundaries of the “Habitation Haydel”, as the Whitney Plantation was originally known, the story of the Haydel family of German immigrants and the slaves that they held were intertwined.”
“In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.”
“Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people.”
“The Wall of Honor is a memorial dedicated to all the people who were enslaved on the Whitney Plantation. The names and the information related to them (origin, age, skills) were retrieved from original archives and engraved on granite slabs.”
“The Whitney Plantation Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Whitney Plantation is a genuine landmark built by African slaves and their descendants. As a site of memory and consciousness, the Whitney Plantation Museum is meant to pay homage to all slaves on the plantation itself and to all of those who lived elsewhere in the US South.”
The Atlantic posted an in-depth article about the plantation and slavery in the U.S. along with a video interview with the founder, John Cummings.
This is one of those places that is transformative – life-changing – enlightening. It’s an important place teaching important lessons that will hopefully help in the advancement of racial healing and understanding in the United States.
The Whitney Plantation is located just north of New Orleans off of I-10.
The address is 5099 Louisiana Highway 18, Wallace LA 70049.
The phone number is 225-265-3300.