LSU Reilly Center to Examine Plantations’ Historical Portrayal of Slavery, Solutions to Shift the Narrative

September 12, 2022

BATON ROUGE—The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host the season five opener of Racism: Dismantling the System, “Narrative Shifting: Centering the Humanity of the Enslaved on Plantations” on Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. CT. The discussion will explore how plantations have historically presented the story of slavery and solutions to change these distorted narratives.

Louisiana is home to some of the grandest and most notable plantation homes in the United States. The upcoming installment will tell the true story of plantations and examine the responsibility of plantations to change the narrative to accurately honor the millions of enslaved peoples whose lives and legacies are irrevocably tied to these places.

The event will be in person at the Whitney Plantation, the only museum in Louisiana with an exclusive focus on the lives of enslaved people. Joy Banner, Ph.D., director of communications at Whitney Plantation, played a pivotal role in cultivating the partnership between the museum and series partners. Through her work, she strives to shed light on the true history of the plantation.

“The history of plantations is too often watered down to hide the past. That’s why we focus on centering the stories and humanness of the enslaved people who endured countless atrocities on these lands to tell the story of the Whitney Plantation,” Banner said. “We’re pleased to be a part of a conversation that addresses the true nature of plantation estates, instead of the idyllic and inaccurate portrayals we often see.”

The event is free and open to the public. Registration via Eventbrite is required. This episode will be broadcast live exclusively on the Louisiana Budget Project’s Facebook page, and a recording will be available on the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

The Racism: Dismantling the System series is a partnership with Southern University and A&M College's Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences, Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and the LSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

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