COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, March 17, Whitney Plantation will close to the public for an indefinite amount of time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Whitney Plantation has been closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 in the State of Louisiana. We are complying with Governor John Bel Edwards’ Shelter in Place order, which is in effect through the end of April. We will continue to comply with the governor’s orders and may extend the closure as required by law. Currently, we are not selling tickets through the end of May while we await further information.

Whitney Plantation, a 501(c)(3), is the only plantation museum in the state of Louisiana with an exclusive focus on slavery. Our mission is to educate the public about African chattel slavery and its legacies through tours, exhibits, public programs and outreach. As a memorial to slavery in Louisiana, our site honors enslaved people who lived, worked, and died on Louisiana’s sugar plantations. The entire museum, with its land, buildings, exhibits and income were donated by the Founder, John J. Cummings, III to a new non-profit foundation on December 4, 2019. The Foundation now owns and operates the museum, and makes the story of slavery available to the public. We will gratefully accept donations during this difficult time, which will help to support our operating and program expenses. Donations may be made online at

We look forward to seeing you again when we open. Please check our website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.

Ashley Rogers, Executive Director

Board of Directors:

Donna Cummings, President
Carolyn Jefferson, Secretary
Pat Vance, Treasurer
Gerri Hobdy
William Buster
Michele Brierre
Kirk Brown
Leonard Haynes
Joan Rhodes