Within the boundaries of the “Habitation Haydel”, as the Whitney Plantation was originally known, the story of the Haydel family of German immigrants and the slaves that they held were intertwined.


In 2014, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.


Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people.




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Building the First Slavery Museum in America




Bouki Fait Gombo

A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860. New Orleans

New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'

Museum Hours

Museum Info

The Museum is open 9:30am to 4:30pm every day except Tuesday


Tours are given every hour between 10:00am and 3:00pm.


The Museum is closed New Years Day, Mardi Gras,  July 4th, Thanksgiving Day,  Christmas Day.



5099 Highway 18

Wallace, LA 70049







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