Our next stop is the Whitney Plantation Museum, which tells the story of the region from the perspective of enslaved people and their descendants. The museum’s holdings document the continuation of the sugar plantation system long past the Civil War, into the 1970s, with continuing effects today. Our collaboration with the museum allows us to draw out the history behind both environmental injustice in the region today and activism opposing this injustice.
One especially important historical continuity is a political system that favors elite, white, corporate interests. Another important continuity is the social connectedness, resourcefulness and creative resistance of enslaved people and their descendants.