Mini-Post – Whitney Plantation Experience

Our experience at the Whitney Plantation was truly unique. We appreciate the experience, and we encourage all Americans to visit plantations when provided the opportunity. Plantations give us a glimpse of the harsh reality of slavery and force us to think about how things were, how things are, and how things could possibly be. To Louisiana natives, visiting plantations is as much of a personal experience as it is a learning one because many plantations offer a connection to our direct ancestral lineage. It allows us to take a moment to remember, honor, and show respect to our unsung heroes and potential relatives. As with any plantation experience, I was flooded with mixed emotions. Our tour guide, Cheryl, was wonderful. She’s native to the area known as the German Coast (as are we), and having the opportunity to tell the story of slavery was equally as personal and important to her as it was to us. Thank you, Cheryl, and we look forward to hearing the stories that you were unable to share during the tour.

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  1. Thank you for your outstanding homeschooling blog. We are not African-American, but I am trying to work high-quality resources into our history curriculum about the history of Africa and the black experience in the United States into our history curriculum. One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can make your history curriculum more complete and bring in a lot more primary resources and field trips.

    We toured a nearby plantation recently, but here in Florida, most of the plantations no longer have slave quarters that you can walk through because they were torched during the Seminole wars. It’s on my list to take her to one that is still intact the next time we are visiting family in Georgia, but I want to go when we can really devote some time to it.

    I would love to see a compilation of books for teaching young children about slavery. It’s a difficult thing to find books on, not for a lack of people writing about it, but because so many children’s books on slavery seem more sentimental or emotional, rather than really getting into a description of what slavery was like. To me, that’s the content a child needs to develop a moral imagination. We just finished reading The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano, which I thought was a fantastic first-hand account of what it was like to be a slave. It included drawings of the vile equipment used to torture runaway slaves and the layout of slave ships. I want to find more books like that.

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