Reflective Blog: Boone Hall Plantation and Gullah Geechee Experience by Faith O'Connor
On this trip we have seen several plantation style homes and ruins of slave quarters. I constantly wondered why didn’t the groups or programs who taken over the property want to show the slaves home. Did they feel they needed to hide it from everyone? The groups and the Hermitage and Monticello were able to acknowledge that Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson had slaves, but they did not have the actual places where the slaves lived. At Mount Vernon, they only mentioned the slaves when asked.
I like the Boone Hall Plantation experience, even though the house that is present on the land was not the actual house of the slave holder. I quickly got over that once I saw that the movie Queen by Alex Haley was shot there and when I saw the slave homes. Even though the homes we saw were not for every slave, it still made me happy to know that they were not all living within wooden shacks. I also learned about the Gullah Geechee culture. The lady giving the talk was exciting and had a powerful voice that sent shivers down my spine. She informed us of the way the people of the Gullah culture spoke. It made me want to know more and more, but some of the words she spoke were words that others have adopted. It also made me happy when she said that in the past, the Gullah people did not like to be called that, she said it would turn into a fight, but now they accept and embrace the term and culture as their very own.