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New slavery museum on the horizon?

There’s a plan in the works to build a National Slave Ship Museum in New Orleans, and it’s getting some support from the city council.

Speaking of slavery museums, the folks behind the National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, VA are trying to figure out how to keep their site from being sold to make way for a stadium.  The facility still hasn’t been built, and they’re so deep in the red they might have to file for bankruptcy again.

I wonder if the Fredericksburg fiasco will make it harder to find donors for the slave ship project.  I hope not.  There’s been a trend toward more experiential exhibits in some of the big history museums lately, and I think the Atlantic slave trade is a subject where that could really be effective.

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The Big Easy’s most requested “historic” attraction

My uncle just got back from New Orleans and reported an interesting conversation with a cab driver.  The cabbie asked him what brought him to town and said that he always likes to find out what visitors are hoping to see.  The most popular destination for his customers is the tomb of Marie Laveau, a nineteenth-century voodoo priestess.

It made me think of all those people who patronize ghost tours at Gettysburg.  I wonder how many of them don’t make any distinction between that and heritage tourism?

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