The Whitney Plantation, a former indigo and sugar plantation located on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, has received international attention for its recent opening as a museum entirely focused on telling the stories of slavery. At Whitney, the visitors are offered a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people using restored historic buildings, museum exhibits, memorial artwork and hundreds of first-person slave narratives. As a site of memory and consciousness, the Whitney Plantation Museum is meant to pay homage to all the people who were enslaved in Louisiana and everywhere else in the United States of America.
In his lecture, Dr. Seck will present the history of the Whitney Plantation in the wider context of the Atlantic slave trade and will touch many topics related to the cultural legacies of slavery in Louisiana. The site is designed to be not only a place of memory and emotion, which take to action, but also to show deeper and often ignored legacies of slavery related to culture. It is the conviction of the founders of Whitney that the history of slavery is not only a history of deportation and hard labor on tobacco and rice fields, and in/around indigo vats and sugar mills. Beyond building the original foundations of the US economy, the enslaved Africans and their descendants contributed to shaping and defining American culture and identity. Dr. Seck will also pinpoint the importance of education and sites of memory like Whitney as catalysts towards the Second American Revolution and the birth of post-racial America.
Following the program, guests are invited to stay for a reception and book-signing with Dr. Seck.
4:00-5:00pm Reception & Book-Signing