Elvin Shields, who grew up in one of these cabins, explains the cultural history of the historic slave and share cropper cabins to Ina Sthapit and Sukrit Sen, USICOMOS research associates from India, who are documenting these buildings.

Elvin Shields, who grew up in one of these cabins, explains the cultural history of the historic slave and share cropper cabins to Ina Sthapit and Sukrit Sen, USICOMOS research associates from India, who are documenting these buildings.

US ICOMOS interns, Ina Sthapit and Sukrit Sen who are currently working under Jason Church are documenting few of the existing slave cabins left in the plantations around Nachitoches. Last week while they laser scanned the two cabins in the Oakland Plantation, they met up with Mr. Elvin Shields who was brought up in one of these cabins and is helping them develop an oral history about the life of a tenant farmer and their association with these cabins.

He talked about various aspects starting from the arrival of the slaves in the ports of America to their conversion into share-croppers. He talked about their whereabouts in these cabins, and why they have disappeared today. He also mentioned about their social life and how they spend their free time after a rigorous week in the plantations. Shields gave them an insight of a broader intangible aspect that these cabins are attached to and add to its historic value.

Left to right: Ina Sthapit, Elvin Shields, and Sukrit Sen.

Left to right: Ina Sthapit, Elvin Shields, and Sukrit Sen.

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