Are you a journalist or travel writer looking to explore a different and unique angle of Louisiana’s complex history? In many ways, life along the River Road remained an extension of the French colonial experience well into the beginning decades of the 20th century.
Here are a few story ideas just waiting to be developed during your visit to Laura: A Creole Plantation:
*Beyond the myths of the American South: Historically speaking, most of the plantation families along the Mississippi River did not consider themselves “American.” They identified as Créole, spoke French, were staunchly Roman Catholic and lived outside the American mainstream until the 20th century.
*Créole slaves and American slaves: Yes, there was a difference. In fact, language, culture, work skills, religion and history distinguished these two very distinct identities one from the other. Créole. Canga. Congo. Minan. Moco. Quésy. These are descriptions of some of the enslaved Africans first inventoried in French at the Habitation Duparc in 1808. Who were these people? Where did they come from? Why were they valued? What role did they play in the development of this distinct culture in Louisiana? How do we interpret slavery in the 21st century?
*The Civil War came and the Civil War left, and nothing changed on the place: This is a direct quote from Laura Locoul Gore’s “Memories of the Old Plantation Home.” As Laura herself related to her children in 1936, despite what we learn in school or see in movies, life on Louisiana’s sugar plantations remained largely unchanged in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Come walk in the footsteps four generations of Laura’s Créole family, both free and enslaved, and explore their complex and complicated relationships that far transcend the myths of the American South.
To schedule a media visit, please contact Joseph Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org