How can a museum help visitors grapple with a very uncomfortable aspect of their nation’s past?
Ibrahima Seck, a member of the History Department at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, author of the book, Bouki Fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860, and the Director of Research of the Whitney Plantation museum, leads us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Whitney Plantation and the history of slavery in early Louisiana.
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Ibrahima Seck is a member of the History Department at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, the author of Bouki Fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860, and the Director Research of the Whitney Plantation Museum in Louisiana.
As we go behind-the-scenes of Whitney Plantation and through the history of slavery in early Louisiana, Ibrahima reveals details about the creation of the Whitney Plantation Museum; Strategies the Whitney Plantation Museum employs to help its visitors grapple with the very tough subject of slavery; And, lots of information about the history and development of Whitney Plantation and about the enslaved who worked and lived on the plantation.
What You’ll Discover
- The creation of the Whitney Plantation Museum
- The need for a museum to interpret the lives of the enslaved
- Ambrose Heidel, Founder of Whitney Plantation
- German settlement in French Louisiana
- Crops of the Whitney Plantation
- The indigo plant
- How sugar plantations came to Louisiana
- The origins of the enslaved of Whitney Plantation
- Rice and its importance in early Louisiana
- West African contributions to early Louisiana agriculture
- Slave drivers or commanders
- French record-keeping
- Daily life routines for the enslaved at Whitney Plantation
- Different types of work performed on Whitney Plantation
- Local plantation economy
- Domestic lives of the enslaved
- African cultural contributions to colonial Louisiana
- How African culture helped to build the culture & identity of the United States
- A tour of Whitney Plantation
- Memorials at Whitney Plantation
- Work of enslaved children
- 1811 German Coast Louisiana slave revolt
- Slave resistance
- Runaway slaves and maroons
- Why the United States needs to grapple with its slave past
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Whitney Plantation
- Bouki Fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860Louisiana, 1750-1860
- Ashley Rogers, Executive Director, Whitney Plantation
- Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
- Louisiana Slave Database
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In your opinion, how might the history of Whitney Plantation and slavery in Louisiana have been different if the German Coast Uprising had been successful?
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