Purchased Lives Exhibit and Programs

Purchased Lives traveling exhibit examines a complex and divisive period of American history, helping visitors understand both the economic reach and the heart breaking personal impact of the domestic slave trade. The exhibit will be in place November 1 through December 13 at the Magnolia Plantation Overseer's House. Magnolia Plantation is located at 5549 Highway 119, Derry, LA 71456.

As part of this special exhibit the park is hosting the following free programs:

Saturday, November 5 - "In the Footsteps of Solomon Northup"
Historian Meredith Melançon. Kidnapped and sold into slavery, he spent 12 years in Northup and Rapides parishes before winning his freedom.
Location: Oakland Plantation Pavilion
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 10 - Teen Institute: Purchased Lives
Learn about the exhibit through discussions, activities and crafts.
Location: Avoyelles Library
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Monday, November 14 - "The Enslaved at Oakland Plantation"
Historian Natchitoches Teal will examine the plantation records of the enslaved population at Oakland.
Location: Oakland Plantation Pavilion

Wednesday, November 16 - "Let the Newspapers Speak, 1825-1866"
Historian Rolonda Teal will focus on the Rolonda Genealogical Project that used Asbury newspapers to recreate a snapshot of the lives of enslaved peoples.
Location: Natchitoches United Methodist Church
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 8 - "Slavery in Louisiana"
Dr. Susan Dollar of Northwestern University will speak on the institution of slavery in Louisiana.
Location: Asbury Parish Library
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10 - "After Freedom"
A series of talks and activities including viewing of the documentary "Slavery by Another Name."
Location: Magnolia Plantation Overseer's House
Time; 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For more information call 318-356-8441, ext. 200

Last updated: January 18, 2017