Exploiting African-American History For ‘Ghost Tours’

During an interview on Here and Now, Tiya Miles, professor at the University of Michigan and author of Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era) , feels that while tours of slavery-era houses have begun to include stories about the people who were enslaved at these sites, these stories are sometimes fabricated and seek to entertain rather than educate tourists.

 

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One Comment on “Exploiting African-American History For ‘Ghost Tours’

  1. Disheartened, not surprised by the efforts made to change the cultural narrative of enslaved African captives. To face the real history of American means acknowledging the violence, which equals taking responsibility for centuries of oppression. To make light of the brutality extends the lived experiences to myths, completely disconnected from the actual experiences of African captives.

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