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BATON ROUGE- Just a few years ago slavery at Louisiana's historic plantations was rarely discussed, now that painful part of history is being uncovered and shared.

When "12 Years a Slave" won the Oscar for best picture last year it sparked a national conversation about America's history of slavery. Visitors to Louisiana's famous plantations wanted to know more about that part of history.

It's a conversation that's now happening openly and often. The recently reopened Whitney Plantation is focused solely on slavery. It's a concept that other Louisiana plantations are increasingly incorporating into their history and tours.

At one of Louisiana's most popular plantations, Houmas House, owner, Kevin Kelly, is planning a new permanent slave exhibit.

"It's going to be a little different than what most people do with their slave exhibits," said Kelly. "It's not going to be about the horrors of slavery, of which there were many. This is going to be about the freedoms of slavery."

Kelly plans to focus the exhibit around how the slaves were freed, and the joyousness of being freed from slavery.

The most famous known descendant of slaves at Houmas House is news anchor, Bryant Gumble. The lush gardens at the plantation will soon honor the freedom that has carried so many, so far.



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