Slave Quarters - Melrose Plantation

Mike Capone

Baton Rouge, United States

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This is one of eight remaining brick slave cabins at Magnolia Plantation in Derry, Louisiana near Natchitoches. Originally there were 70 cabins of this type that housed the plantation’s 275 enslaved workers. They were built in the 1850’s, and have two rooms – each about 200 square feet. Before the Civil war an enslaved family lived in each room. After the war an opening was created between the rooms and they were converted into two room, single family dwellings. Plantation workers continued to live in some of these buildings until the 1960s. By that time they may have had electricity but never running water. Melrose is one of several plantations that are part of the Cane River Creole National Historic Park.

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 28-300mm lens @ 28mm
ISO 250, f/11, 1/320 sec
-1.3ev.

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