Laura Plantation: New Exhibit Opens ~ Open House February 12, 2017

New Permanent Exhibit

Edouard and workers at the Laura Plantation Sugar Mill

Coinciding with Black History Month and following years of extensive research, Laura Plantation announces the opening of a permanent exhibit dedicated to the history of the slave community.

“From the Big House to the Quarter: Slavery on Laura Plantation” is designed around various themes that reflect the complex layers of slave life, which illustrate how the lives of the slaves and their masters were integrated. Some rooms focus on the division of labor. One room displays a large collection of slave purchase documents and rare photographs that bring to light the names and faces of these long-forgotten people.

The exhibit incorporates compelling personal stories of individual slaves such as Lucy, bought as an eight-year-old girl to be the slave companion of her master’s daughter. Lucy grew up in the family household and eventually accompanied them to France. There is the story of Edouard, a slave who worked as a brick mason. Edouard fled the property to fight in the Union Army. He returned to the plantation and his family after the Civil War and emancipation.

Lucy

Open House

There will be an open house for journalists, historians, preservationists and the tourism community

Sunday, February 12, 2017 Noon until 4:00 pm

To schedule an interview, contact Joseph Dunn

 

2247 Hwy 18 | Vacherie, LA 70090 • 225.265.7690 • www.lauraplantation.com | info@lauraplantation.com

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