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‘Slave cabins’ listed as luxe stays on Airbnb: ‘How is this okay?’

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A 1830s slave cabin listed on Airbnb as a luxe stay has been slammed for its tone-deaf nature.

TikTok user Wynton Yates, who goes by @LawyerWinton, brought attention to the listing, posting screenshots of the 1830s structure — which was moved from a nearby plantation to the one it currently sits on — that was advertised as a “meticulously restored” bed- and-breakfast

“The history of slavery in this country is constantly denied and now it’s being mocked by being turned into a luxurious vacation spot,” Yates says in the clip, which has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

The listing — which has since been removed from Airbnb — was advertised as “The Panther Burn Cottage at Belmont Plantation” in Greenville, Mississippi. The description said it was formerly a slave cabin in the 1830s, then a sharecropper cabin and medical office for local farmers.

Wynton Yates called out the former slave cabin being rented out as luxury accommodation.
Previous guests described their stay as 'memorable' and 'historic but elegant.'
Previous guests described their stay as “memorable” and “historic but elegant.”
Yates says slavery is being mocked by turning the property into a 'luxurious vacation spot.'
Yates says slavery is being mocked by turning the property into a “luxurious vacation spot.”

“How is this okay in somebody’s mind to rent this out? A place where human beings were kept as slaves,” the civil rights attorney questions in the now-viral video.

In screenshots posted by the TikToker, the owner Brad has been identified as a Superhost, which someone who “goes above and beyond in their hosting duties and is a shining example of how a Host should be,” as per their website.

He adds the rave reviews on the property are just as shocking, with guests describing their stay as “historic but elegant” and “memorable.”

Yates says an accurate history of the cabin has not been shown at all, with no attempts to educate people on the actual conditions slaves lived in, with the accommodation featuring modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and running water.

A representative for Airbnb told The Post they are “taking this report seriously and have deactivated all listings associated with this property as we investigate.”

Mic reports there are several other properties that also advertise other former slaves’ quarters as luxury accommodation.

In a follow-up video, Yates says he thinks the slave cabins on plantations should be kept in their original conditions, to educate people on the conditions enslaved men, women and children were forced to endure.

“The owners of these properties in the present day should be obliged, or feel obliged, to research and actually find the history of these places, these plantations, find the people that lived here, their lives, their names, because there are people’s ancestors. that are still alive today,” he says.

“There are so many black Americans in this country that do not have the opportunity, the resources or the ability to know who their ancestors are, know the names of their ancestors,” he continues, citing the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana as an example of Somewhere doesn’t shy away from its history in another clip.

“I think these places should remain, but they should remain in a way that gives something back to the communities that are still affected by the things that happened in these places,” he explains.

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