This database makes accessible to the public all available information pertaining to the enslaved men and women who built and sustained Oak Alley. It brings to light attributes of personhood including names, origins and relationships, and presents them simultaneously with the marks of slavery that dehumanized--such as appraised value. Together, it is our aim to offer a resource for students and researchers, and enable them to better understand the people of one specific sugar plantation.
Advanced Search - brings you to a search screen for this database:
Best practices for searching:
All fields are optional. If you do not need to search by a field, do not enter anything in it.
Search fields are not case sensitive. Searching for "Adam" is the same as searching for "adam".
You may search by partial words in Names, Duties, and Origin. For example, entering "a" in the names field will search for all persons with the letter "a" anywhere in their names. The same is true for Duties and Origins.
Designation must be searched by the drop down menu using the choices offered. If you do not wish to search by any of the offered choices, do not choose a Designation.
Birth year may be searched by a single year [enter it in the first Birth Year box] or by a range of years [Enter the earliest year in the first box, and the latest year in the second box].
Death year may be searched by a single year [enter it in the first Death Year box] or by a range of years [Enter the earliest year in the first box, and the latest year in the second box].
When you have entered all of your search criteria, click the Submit button to search.
You should get a list of People that meet your search criteria. If a blank list appears, that means no individuals met your specific search criteria. To search again, click the Advanced Search menu option at the top.
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