Interiors at Laura. Laura is a beautiful and colorful home but the most fascinating part, to me, is the history. Laura is a Creole plantation, which at the time Laura was built and first inhabited meant that you were born in Louisiana, spoke French, and were Catholic. Race was not a factor (which differs from the colloquial meaning these days). A traditional Creole home had no hallways and each room lead directly into the next, as can be seen in these photographs. Originally, Laura had two back wings, making the house a U shape. Both of these wings have been lost through the years leaving only the square shape. This is visible in my previous post, the last photo of Laura from behind. Finally, no history of any plantation is complete while ignoring the largest number of occupants; the slave that's worked in the house, in the fields, and in the sugar mill. Laura was dependent on slave labor throughout its history. The big house was built by slaves (as mentioned) and many slaves stayed on after the emancipation proclamation, not because they wanted to but because they had very few choices. It was illegal in Louisiana for slaves to read or write at this time and as they belonged to a Creole family, which meant they only spoke French. They were ostensibly paid for their labor after they were technically free but most plantations paid their former slaves in credits at the company store and charged high rents for the same cabins they had been living in as slaves, keeping them dependent on their former masters. The last picture is of a slave cabin. Both Louis and Flagy Duparc had children with slave women, though only Flagy's progeny are recorded, he did not acknowledge them. Laura Locoul, the last member of the Duparc family to live on the plantation, sold the estate in the late eighteen hundreds with a great distaste for its history of slavery.