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From Black Rice to Fright Nights: An Examination of Plantation Tourism Trends in Charleston, South Carolina

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Dr. Amy Potter, Assistant Professor of Geography at Georgia Southern will share findings from a multi-year study examining how slavery is addressed at Southern plantation tourism sites. Traditionally, southern heritage tours have ignored, misrepresented, or trivialized African-American contributions and struggles within the region’s landscape.

Dr. Potter and a team of geographers conducted extensive field work, visiting several plantation sites in three major southern tourism regions (Louisiana, South Carolina, and Virginia). The team interviewed owners, tour guides, docents and tourists at plantation house museums to understand how slavery is incorporated into tours. In this one hour lecture Dr. Potter will address the fascinating new developments in heritage tourism and the politics of who is remembered in the southern landscape.

Investment is provided by City of Savannah.


The Beach Institute Lecture and Learning Series


Savannah, GA