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“A Pledge of Allegiance to the South:” Commemorating the Enslaved at Historic House Museums in Kansas City, Missouri

Authors: Amy Potter*, Georgia Southern University
Topics: Tourism Geography, Cultural Geography, Ethnicity and Race
Keywords: Tourism Geographies, Region, Slavery
Session Type: Paper
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Research examining the representations of the enslaved at historic house museums has overwhelmingly focused on the southern plantation in the United States. Increasingly, there is a call to resist the urge to only center slavery in the southern region of the U.S. and expand our understandings of how the institution of slavery and the plantation permeated all aspects of global society with its continued reverberations into the present. Historic sites in the northern United states, college campuses, urban house museums, manor homes in the U.K., port cities in London and Philadelphia, all are thinking through their connections to the institution of slavery. Adding to these efforts, this project, which utilized narrative mapping, semi-structured interviews, and visitor surveys seeks to understand how a city firmly grounded in the Midwest United States is grappling with the legacies of slavery by focusing on the efforts of two historic house museums in Kansas City, Missouri. This research is part of the larger Tourism RESET (Race, Ethnicity and Social Equity in Tourism) initiative.

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