Removed Airbnb listing ‘Slave Cabin’ New Low In Plantation Tourism

An Airbnb listing offering a former slave cabin has been removed from the site. Source: SOPA Images/Getty

PLamentation weddings used to be all the rage, but now it seems some people are taking to renting out former slave shacks for their personal enjoyment. An Airbnb site exhibited on Tik Tok has used its slave shack story as a selling point. With 68 reviews and a rating of 4.97

As Mic reported, the Offensive List host has “Superhost” status on Airbnb. The outlet noted that there were similar listings on the site despite claims to support diversity and inclusion. (Read the full article here). First reported on TikToker @LawyerWinton, the post has since been removed from Airbnb’s website.

Although the listing has since been removed from Airbnb, a reservation for Belmont Planation was still active on Booking.com on Saturday evening. The cabin is also listed on Booking.com as a “garden view cottage”. It lacks the colorful Airbnb site description and is described as a simple bungalow with no mention of slave quarters.

On Saturday night, the Belmont Plantation website returned a 404 error suggesting it had been taken offline entirely, at least temporarily. An article on Only In Your State notes that the cabin was built in the 1830s as a slave cabin. Later, it would have been used as a doctor’s office for “local farmers”.

The website description fails to combat the depravity of vacationing on a site. Unlike the original inhabitants of the hut, the “guests” of the chalet can join the people of the big house for meals, including breakfast.

A 2018 profile of the plantation called it the last of the “pre-war plantations” in the Mississippi Delta. At one point, 80 enslaved people resided on the property. It remained in the family of its owner until the early 1920s.

In the mid-1940s, former Governor Dennis Murphree purchased the site and converted it into a hunting lodge. According to the listings, he is currently owned and operated by his relatives.

No amount of “meticulous restoration” given to a plantation and surrounding properties can erase the stench of oppression and white supremacy. But who cares as long as you get pretty pictures, right?

Located in Greenville, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, the Belmont Plantation was established a few years before the outbreak of the Civil War. Comments on the listing on Booking.com and from a few former guests on Facebook show an apparent disconnect between their enjoyment of their journey into “history” and the brutal nature of plantation life for enslaved black people.

It goes far beyond “commemorating the past”. Voyeurism in organizing events, respite on plantations and accompanying slave huts shows a particular depravity of mind and spirit.

Mic discovered several other sites, including Georgia and New Orleans. There has been similar outrage over the use of old Holocaust-related sites. The final season of “Stranger Things” was partly set in a former Nazi prison turned Airbnb. Reports indicate

In 2019, NewsOne covered a racist Airbnb host who called a black guest a “monkey”. This follows years of Airbnb being exposed for racism. The #AirbnbWhileBlack hashtag was trending in 2016 with stories of black guests who had racist experiences with Airbnb.

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