Whitney Plantation museum endowed by a wealthy Louisiana lawyer confronts painful history of American slavery

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About an hour's drive from New Orleans, along the Mississippi River, sits a Civil War-era sugar cane plantation, the first museum in America dedicated entirely to slavery. The Whitney Plantation looms as a stark reminder: Our nation was built on the backs of slaves. 

It's a tough part of our history to remember, but one man is investing a fortune to bring it all back to life, CBS News' Michelle Miller reports.

The house is full of secrets; beneath white-washed ceilings, through quiet gardens, a dark history unfolds. Tourists peer into cages where slaves were beaten. Statues of black children stare back at them.




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