The African house
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The African House Designed, built and Constructed by Creoles of Color




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The African House (c. 1800)


, a strange-looking construction reminiscent of the straw-thatched huts found in the Congo, was built as a combination storehouse and jail for rebellious slaves. The African House has been called the only structure of Congo-like architecture on the North American continent dating back to colonial times.

The lower level of the unique building is constructed of brick baked on the place, while the upper story is fashioned from thick hand-hewn cypress slabs with eaves that slope almost to the ground. The walls of the upper story is contain murals painted by folk artist Clementine Hunter.

Located on the Melrose Plantation where the Cane River Creoles history began

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It's interior




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