WALLACE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Office of Tourism has relaunched the African American Heritage Trail starting at Whitney Plantation.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it is important that all of Louisiana history is honored.
“It’s a place like no other,” played special musical guest, Chris Thoman King.
Whitney Plantation leaders are continuing to show Louisiana’s full history. After having funding issues, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is relaunching the African American Heritage Trail, which the plantation is a part of.
Whitney Plantation is just one of more than 40 locations where someone can learn African American history across Louisiana on this trail.
“All of it plays a vital role in the history here in Louisiana, but also to recognize those heroes and those painful stories that have never been told,” explained Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.
Nungesser wants to make sure that all those who have showcased Whitney Plantation’s full history are recognized for their efforts while they are still alive. The Lt. Governor says students need to know about Louisiana’s full history and wants to bring it into the classroom. “We’re going to also have an educational program. You’ll be able to learn everything we’ve learned right there at home on the computer or downloaded in classrooms.” he continued.
He hopes that all schools will start adding this to their curriculum. Ibrahima Seck is the Research Director at Whitney Plantation — he believes it is an honor to finally be recognized. He says his goal is to make sure all visitors leave with knowledge and pride. “You’d be ready to do something about the legacies of slavery,” he claimed.
Tickets to Whitney Plantation are $25 beginning Wednesday through Monday. To purchase tickets, click here.
For more information on the African American Heritage Trail, click here.