Lakeport Legacies, Lakeport Plantation’s monthly history talk, will feature a discussion on August 28 about slave life in Chicot County by Kelly Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arkansas.

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Jones’ discussion, “Slave Life in Chicot County: Toil and Resistance on the River,” will reveal slave life in Chicot County through court records, the census, newspapers, WPA narratives and other sources.

Slavery and cotton dominated Chicot County’s antebellum economy. Clearing vast forests and cultivating cotton, enslaved laborers helped make Chicot County one of the wealthiest places in the Unites States by 1860. Slave life in the peculiar institution was complex; while not free, slaves developed their own culture, married, worshiped and, at times, sought the freedoms they were denied.

Refreshments and conversation is at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m.

Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk typically held on the last Thursday of the month at the Lakeport Plantation. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The event is free and open to the public. Lakeport Legacies meets at Lakeport Plantation, located at 601 Hwy 142 in Lake Village.

While the event is free, guests are asked to RSVP to 870.265.6031.