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Lunchtime Lecture: Allendale Plantation Slave Community

Event Date: March 16th, 2017

West Baton Rouge Museum
Port Allen, LA

Dr. Julia Rose will present the history of the Allendale Quarter’s enslaved community and share some of the enslaved families’ stories and legacies and explain their connection to Solomon Northup.

Colonel John T. Nolan established Westover Plantation in West Baton Rouge as early as the 1820’s, amassing acres of farmland and slaves who lived and labored in the cotton and sugarcane fields along the Mississippi River. By the 1850’s, William Nolan and Henry W. Allen purchased the plantation and divided it into Westover and Allendale Plantations. The fields were worked by more than 250 enslaved men and women who came primarily from Africa, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky.

This free lunchtime lecture is open to the public and complements the exhibition Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade 1808-1865, on loan from the Historic New Orleans Collection with support from Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Entergy, the Kabacoff Family Foundation, Find Your Park, and the West Baton Rouge Historical Association. Visitors are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the discussion.

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