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The Melrose Plantation is the legacy of freed slave Marie Therese Coincoin and her family. Growing tobacco and raising cattle, they became a leading and wealthy family of free people of color. Explore nine buildings including the Big House, the African House, the Yucca House and Weaving House. It is also where world-renowned African American folk artist Clementine Hunter began painting. Working on the plantation picking cotton and as a cook, she found discarded tubes of paint, and decided she could tell her stories by “marking pictures”. Her brightly colored exuberant paintings are a snapshot of plantation life and many are on view. There is a guided tour well worth the entrance fee, many of the knowledgeable guides are descendants of slaves that once lived here.
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