Slave "Deterville" Discussed in New Research Article

One enslaved person from Oak Alley, Deterville, was extremely close to the Roman family? Why?

This fascinating piece of historical research reviews the life of an enslaved worker named "Deterville," and coping mechanisms used by he and other enslaved workers to deal with a life in bondage.
 
"In order to survive both physically and mentally, the enslaved developed coping mechanisms- things that 'got them through' each day and gave them some small sense of control over their own lives."