In 2011, Oak Alley Foundation's Research and Collections Department embarked on a 2 year effort to bring to light the history of Oak Alley's enslaved community. How did they live? Were they families in the modern sense of the word? How were they treated? These were just a few of the many questions that had gone unanswered over the years that demanded to be addressed.
Today, the history of Oak Alley's enslaved men, women and children take the shape of a permanent exhibit. Located on the historic grounds, almost exactly where the original community stood, 6 reconstructed cabins give insight into their lives and habits. 4 of the Cabins depict a type of dwelling--a field slave's quarters, a house slave's quarters, a sick house and a post-emancipation residence. 2 have been converted to exhibit spaces, inviting visitors to understand slave life on a more personal level. Displays here focus on religion, punishment, how slaves at Oak Alley were clothed, and the work that consumed their daily lives.
Visit our reconstructed slave quarters and view the "Slavery at Oak Alley" exhibit to learn more about this time in Oak Alley's history.
To learn more about the historical and educational significance of the exhibit "Slavery at Oak Alley," watch this short video podcast.