NOLA day trip to Oak Alley plantation
It was kinda surreal seeing it in person. I have such mixed feelings.
This is the Oak Alley plantation. My family was intermarried/allied with the family that built this sugar plantation.
It was built and maintained by enslaved labor. That’s part of why I struggled with the decision to visit, given my ancestral ties to this place. But it’s important to acknowledge and hold space for the horrible parts of history, just as much as recognizing beauty and progress and innovation.
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