Slave Cabin - Magnolia Plantation

Mary Campbell

Joined January 2008

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This is a typical Slave Cabin on Magnolia Plantation. Being restored today to give the visitors a glimpse of plantion life in the 1685 -1865 period. The slaves of the plantation built and performed most of the labor on the plantation. Slavery, erradicated after the Civil War, has taken over a century to overcome in America. Many African Americans have walked a hard road in overcoming the stigma and prejudices of those days. I truely believe we are getting to the point in our country where through perserverence and education we will move past this blight on our countries history. Magnolia Plantation is a marvelous place and I take my hats off the all the African Americans whose familes helped build it.

Contrast the slaves cabin with the “Masters” house below:

This update was provided by Craig Hadley (The Living History Group)

Beautiful shot. However, I hate to tell you this, but that particular building was built about circa 1900. It was lived in by African-American workers at Magnolia up until 1999. There were three room additions added to it in the middle-to-late 20th century. The four buildings to the left of that dwelling, however, were all originally slave cabins built around 1850. They too were lived in off and on by enslaved and later free African-American workers, some as late as the 1980s.
I do not think that this history detracts from the beauty of the photographs though. Just thought you all might be interested in the history.

I guess my tour guide was mistaken when he identified this as one of the slave cabins about to be restored.. Thanks for the update Craig!

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