A Slavery Museum in Wallace Louisiana is scheduled to open December 8, 2014 with some controversy. Read the full article to see the views on both sides of the racial divide.
Slavery is fact, historical truth. It shaped the city we know today as it did the state and, for that matter, the United States. And yet we Americans tend to avoid the topic. We whitewash the history of slavery, distort reality by viewing it through the lens of current political concerns, and deny the lingering social and economic effects. Slavery isnt a topic much taught in school. It mostly gets relegated to Black History Month in February, and most adults dont care to know or learn about it.
So I was intrigued to read that a rich white man, New Orleans lawyer John Cummings, is preparing to open a slavery museum in the ante-bellum plantation he owns up the river in Wallace. I was equally intrigued (and not at all surprised) by the clash of opinions among folks who chose to comment on Mimi Reads article about Cummings plans and the follow- up exchanges on Facebook.
Black and white folks alike some of them skeptics, some of them cynics seemed to be mightily opposed to the idea of a slave museum.