pLantation weddings were once all the rage, but now it seems some people are renting out former slave cabins for their personal pleasure. An Airbnb site featured on Tik Tok used its history as a slave hut as a selling point. With 68 reviews and a rating of 4.97
As Mic reported, the host of the offending ad has “Superhost” status on Airbnb. The outlet noted that there were similar listings on the site despite claims to support diversity and inclusion. (Read the full article here). TikToker @LawyerWinton first reported, the post has since been removed from the Airbnb website.
Although the ad has since been removed from Airbnb, a booking for Belmont Planation was still active on Booking.com on Saturday night. The cabin is also listed as a ‘garden view cottage’ on Booking.com. It lacks the colorful Airbnb site description and is described as just a bungalow with no mention of slave quarters.
Saturday night, the Belmont Plantation website returned a 404 error suggesting it had been removed completely offline, at least temporarily. A post on Only in your state notes that the cabin was built in the 1830s as a slave cabin. It was later reportedly used as a medical office for ‘local farmers’.
The description of the website does not wrestle with the depravity of vacation on a site. Unlike the original inhabitants of the hut, “guests” in the cottage can eat together with the people in the main house, including breakfast.
A 2018 profile of the plantation called it the last of “the antebellum plantations” in the Mississippi Delta. At one point, 80 enslaved people lived on the property. It remained in the owner’s family until the early 1920s.
In the mid-1940s, former Governor Dennis Murphree bought the site and converted it into a hunting lodge. According to lists, it is currently owned and operated by his relatives.
No amount of “accurate restoration” given to a plantation and surrounding properties can erase the stench of oppression and white supremacy. But who cares, as long as you get nice photos, right?
Located in Greenville, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, the Belmont Plantation was established a few years before the start of the Civil War. Comments about the listing on Booking.com and a few former guests on Facebook show that there is a clear difference between their pleasure and journey into “history” and the brutal nature of plantation life for enslaved black people.
This goes far beyond ‘commemorating the past’. The voyeurism in organizing events, resting on plantations and guiding slave huts testifies to a special depravity of mind and soul.
Mic discovered several other sites, including in Georgia and New Orleans. There has been a similar outcry over the use of former sites associated with the Holocaust. The last season of “Stranger Things” was partly set in a former Nazi prison that has been converted into an Airbnb. Reports indicate:
In 2019, NewsOne reported on a racist Airbnb host calling a black guy a “monkey.” This followed years of Airbnb being sued for racism. The hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack was trending in 2016 with stories of black guests who had racist experiences with Airbnb.
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