"Slavery at Oak Alley"

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How did the enslaved of Oak Alley Plantation live? Were they families in the modern sense of the word? How were they treated? These were just a few of the many questions that have gone unanswered over the years that have demanded to be addressed.

Today, the history of Oak Alley's enslaved men, women and children take the shape of a permanent exhibit. Located on the historic grounds, almost exactly where the original community stood, 6 reconstructed cabins give insight into their lives and habits. 4 of the Cabins depict a type of dwelling--a field slave's quarters, a house slave's quarters, a sick house and a post-emancipation residence. 2 have been converted to exhibit spaces, inviting visitors to understand slave life on a more personal level. Displays here focus on religion, punishment, how slaves at Oak Alley were clothed, and the work that consumed their daily lives.

Visit our reconstructed slave quarters and view the "Slavery at Oak Alley" exhibit to learn more about this time in Oak Alley's history.

To learn more about the historical and educational significance of the exhibit "Slavery at Oak Alley," watch this short video podcast.

To access our online Slavery Research Database, click here.

AAA Gem Designation

Oak Alley Plantation is a AAA Gem. Attractions distinguished with the Gem Designation are judged to be of exceptional interest and quality by AAA's professional evaluators. Read more about the Gem Designation.