Forages is a collection of things that inspire me in life and work.

Whitney Plantation

From the Whitney Plantation website:
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.

My mom, daughter and I visited the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana on the morning of June 30th, 2016. I am incredibly grateful to have experienced it with the both of them. It was very emotional, and I’ve had a difficult time summing up our visit adequately, especially after the events of last week. So I highly encourage any and everyone to visit at some point in their lifetime.

— Carissa

Carissa Hempton