In a now deleted listing, the owners of the Belmont Plantation building in Greenville, Mississippi, listed the Panther Burn Cabin as a bed and breakfast. But, as Mic notes, the property has a dark history.
It was once a slave shack in the 1830s and later a sharecropper’s shack, according to the listing.
“How is it acceptable in someone’s mind to rent this? A place where human beings have been kept as slaves,” civil rights lawyer @LawyerWynton said in a video with more than two million likes. views.
@lawyerwynton#airbnb that’s not correct. #history#civilrights#americanhistory Blade Runner 2049 – Synthwave Goose
The TikTok user took issue with some of the property’s reviews, which described it as “memorable” and “historic yet elegant”.
He pointed out that it would not educate people about the conditions endured by slaves. “Clawfoot tub, running water, tile, nice light fixtures, water, towels, chest of drawers,” he said.
@LawyerWynton said the history of slavery was ‘ridiculed’ by turning the property into a ‘luxurious vacation spot’.
It appears that Airbnb has removed this particular listing and it no longer appears on the Plantation website.
Airbnb and the Belmont Plantation did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
But, Mic reported that there are several other properties that also offer other former slave quarters as luxury accommodations.
A PBS article describing the conditions of prewar slavery said that black slaves lived in rough quarters that often made them vulnerable to harsh weather and disease.