“Madame Lily Devalier always asked “Where are you?” in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous.” – Tom Robbins
We made it to New Orleans and spent the morning eating delicious, sugary beignets, drinking chicory coffee, and visiting with old friends! We were so glad to see Grayson!
The rest of the morning was spent exploring the various activities, entertainments and museums that New Orleans has on offer. Some of us went to the World War II Museum, some to the Cabildo to look at a special exhibit on the Battle of New Orleans, some did a little shopping, and some even decided to do a spot of fishing in the Mississippi!
After lunch, we headed out to the Whitney Plantation, which is about a 50 minute drive west of New Orleans, along a stretch of the Mississippi that was a center of sugar production in Louisiana
. There are many famous plantations in the vacinity such as Oak Alley and Laura, but the Whitney is special because it tells the story of plantation life exclusively from the perspective of the men, women, and children who were enslaved. Statues of small children appear standing and seated around the buildings, serving as a constant reminder of the human cost of slavery.
Our docent was very knowledgable and gave us a vivid impression of the workings and explotative nature of the plantation. Our students were attentive, confidently answered her questions, and showed enormous repect for the difficult history of the place.
It was a short drive back to New Orleans for dinner and a last roam around the city. Tomorrow, we start our northbound journey back to Indianapolis.