Plantation Weddings Are Finally Canceled. Plantation Christmases Should Be Next.

Plantation Weddings Are Finally Canceled. Plantation Christmases Should Be Next.
Plantation Weddings Are Finally Canceled. Plantation Christmases Should Be Next.


2019 was the year it finally became socially unacceptable to use a historic plantation as a wedding venue. Earlier this month, prodded by the group Color of Change, four wedding websites said they would stop (or limit) the promotion of such venues on their pages. Many people—save, perhaps, those who already possess framed photos of themselves kissing on an oak-lined lane at Lively/Reynolds-famous Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina—thought this was obviously the correct move. “There’s no way to separate the beauty and the violence of plantations,” Emma Walcott-Wilson, who’s studying plantation tourism at the University of Tennessee, told BuzzFeed News’ Clarissa-Jan Lim. “They are the same in many respects. The people who built that beauty were enslaved people.”

Next up: Christmas. Earlier this month, a coalition of Alabama activists sent a letter to officials of the Alabama Historical Commission, protesting a “Plantation Christmas” event that had been held at the Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia. “The celebration of a ‘Plantation Christmas’ represents a willful ignorance of the experience of enslaved people and a concocted memory of a joyous, white supremacist Christmas celebration,” the letter read. While some historic plantations have tried, in recent years, to incorporate more information on slavery into their official tours and exhibits, a Christmas event is always going to be something different. Because such tours and parties are meant to be enchanting, they are, like weddings, a romanticization of plantation life. And as such, they’re indefensible.
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