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Remembering Slave Housing

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On February 15, 2021
I was in Louisiana once, visiting a plantation where slave housing still existed. And I saw what I still think is one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever seen. Most slave housing of course doesn’t exist anymore because it was cheap, usually wood, and never taken care of. But on this plantation, the housing […]
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I recently finished reading Michael Twitty’s The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, a really fantastic book that follows this well-known cook’s attempt to connect growing up as a mixed race Black gay man with the food cultures of the South that reflected so many influences and with […]
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On July 9. 1640, a Virginia court ruled that a Black indentured servant who ran away was in fact a slave. This is a moment by which we can talk about the codification of chattel slavery as the key labor force in early Virginia, with implications that still dominate the nation’s culture nearly 400 years […]
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