"St. John, St. Martin Parish"

St. John, St. Martin Parish

St. John, St. Martin Parish, 1861, by Marie Adrien Persac. (LSU Museum of Art) 


Bacot, H. Parrott, et al. Marie Adrien Persac: Louisiana Artist. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000. 

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Harvard University Press, 1998.

Follett, Richard J. The Sugar Masters: Planter and Slaves in Louisiana 's Cane World, 1820-1860. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. 

Poesch, Jessie and Barbara SoRelle Bacot. Louisiana Buildings, 1720-1940: The Historic American Buildings Survey. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997. 

Smith, Mark M. Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Wilkie, Laurie A. Creating Freedom: Material Culture and African American Identity at Oakley Plantation, Louisiana, 1840-1950. Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press, 2000. 

Singleton, Theresa A. “I, Too, Am American”: Archaeological Studies of African American Life. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.


1. This painting in the Landscape of Slavery exhibition shows the main house and some of the outbuildings of a working plantation. First describe the outbuildings visible in this painting. What were the various buildings typically found on a sugar plantation and what might they have looked like? 

2. What are some of the reasons that Louisiana sugar planters so widely embraced the Greek Revival Style?

3. How was time apportioned on the nineteenth-century plantation? Did the kind of plantation (tobacco, rice, cotton, sugar) make a difference? If so, why? 

4. In what ways have archaeological excavations of slave quarters give us a window into daily life in the quarter?

"St. John, St. Martin Parish"