New Orleans, LA
Uncle Remus: "Now, this here tale didn't happen just yesterday, nor the day before. 'Twas a long time ago. And in them days, everything was mighty satisfactual. The critters, they was closer to the folks, and the folks, they was closer to the critters, and if you'll excuse me for saying so, 'twas better all around."
This image shows the interior of one of the existing slave quarter cabins on Laura sugar Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. The wooden plank walls and floor are weathered with age, and the cane bottom ladder back chair is the exact place where I could imagine Uncle Remus sitting to tell his African animal tales to the children. The chair, wooden foot rest and bowl are highlighted by light coming from the room's single window.
It was here at Laura Plantation that Alcee Fortier, who later became Professor of Romance Languages and folklore at Tulane University, was said to have collected Louisiana Creole versions of the West African Br'er Rabbit stories in the 1870s.
August 24th, 2012
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