Slavery at Laura
For more than 20 years, Laura: A Creole Plantation has been at the forefront of interpreting the slave experience in Creole Louisiana. Daily research into this most important aspect of the plantation's history is ongoing.
Human bondage was long a part of Louisiana's Creole world. Whereas Louisiana would be the last place on the North American continent where slavery was legally permitted, the institution that lasted over 140 years began in this State more as a system of class rather than of color or race as there were African slaves, American Indian slaves and European slaves in Louisiana. Creole Louisiana would function as a class society and slavery was the lowest but fundamental part of that society.
Page One of the Duparc Plantation Slave Registry, dated 1808.