Airbnb and new property proprietor apologize for ‘slave cabin’ itemizing

(CNN) — An Airbnb itemizing for “an 1830s slave cabin” has been faraway from the rental website after a TikTok video in regards to the property went viral.

The Panther Burn Cottage situated on Belmont Plantation in Greenville, Mississippi, has been eliminated by Airbnb, and the corporate apologized for the itemizing on Monday. The proprietor has additionally apologized, saying that the cottage’s itemizing was a leftover from the earlier proprietor, who had locked him out of the social media and property rental accounts till the TikTok put up went viral.

“Properties that previously housed the enslaved haven’t any place on Airbnb. We apologize for any trauma or grief created by the presence of this itemizing, and others prefer it, and that we didn’t act sooner to deal with this challenge,” Airbnb mentioned in an announcement offered to CNN.

The corporate mentioned it’s eradicating different listings that embody former slave quarters within the US and is creating new insurance policies

The brand new proprietor of Belmont Plantation, Brad Hauser, additionally apologized for the itemizing.

“As the brand new, three-week proprietor of The Belmont in Greenville, Mississippi, I apologize for the choice to supply our company a keep at ‘the slave quarters’ behind the 1857 antebellum dwelling that’s now a mattress and breakfast. I additionally apologize for insulting African People whose ancestors had been slaves,” Hauser mentioned in an announcement to CNN.

He additionally mentioned he was advised when he bought the cottage that it was not a slave quarters as a result of the constructing was not sufficiently old to have housed enslaved individuals.

The Airbnb listing, which the company has since removed, says the property is "an 1830s slave cabin."

The Airbnb itemizing, which the corporate has since eliminated, says the property is “an 1830s slave cabin.”

courtesy Wynton Yates

In a now non-public promotional video posted on YouTube by earlier possession, the cabin is claimed to have been relocated a number of years in the past to the plantation from Panther Burn, Mississippi, and was initially a two-bedroom sharecropper’s cabin that was transformed into a physician’s workplace.

Hauser mentioned in his assertion that he “strongly opposed the earlier proprietor’s resolution to market the constructing because the place the place slaves as soon as slept after toiling within the cotton fields in human bondage.”

Hauser tells CNN he has no plans to lease out the cabin once more.

Joshua B. Cain is listed because the earlier proprietor in 2021 property data reviewed by CNN.

Hauser says Cain didn’t switch possession of internet marketing belongings related to the plantation till after the controversy started.

CNN has reached out to the earlier proprietor Joshua Cain for remark.

“This isn’t OK in in the slightest degree,” mentioned Wynton Yates late final week in his TikTok video. Yates grew to become conscious of the Airbnb posting when his brother shared it of their household group chat. His unique posting had 2.6 million views by noon Tuesday.

“How is that this OK in any individual’s thoughts to, to lease this out — a spot the place human beings had been saved as slaves — lease this out as a mattress and breakfast?” requested Yates, an leisure lawyer in New Orleans, in his viral put up.

Wynton Yates captured these images of the cabin before the listing was removed.

Wynton Yates captured these pictures of the cabin earlier than the itemizing was eliminated.

courtesy Wynton Yates

Yates, who’s Black, advised CNN that renting out the renovated cabin is “an egregious leveling up of this atrocity of simply disrespecting and making a mockery of what’s the slave expertise as a result of we’re in a rustic the place we’re nonetheless experiencing the repercussions of slavery.”

In his preliminary TikTok video in regards to the property, Yates mentioned he was particularly upset by the visitor opinions.

“We stayed within the cabin and it was historic however elegant,” one visitor wrote in a evaluate proven in a screengrab within the video and browse aloud by Yates. “A slave cabin is elegant,” he repeats incredulously.

“The historical past of slavery on this nation is continually denied, and now it is being mocked by being changed into an opulent trip spot,” he mentioned on TikTok.

Whereas some viewers of his put up have known as for such buildings to be destroyed, Yates mentioned in a subsequent put up that he believes that these buildings ought to stay.

Yates advised CNN that it is as much as homeowners of plantations or these wishing to buy them to analysis the enslaved individuals who lived and labored on the land so an correct accounting of historical past could be given.

He mentioned the assaults on instructing an correct historical past of slavery and makes an attempt to erase historical past will trigger future generations to suppose slavery was a delusion.

Hauser, the brand new proprietor, advised CNN that he’s working to search out consultants who can assist him determine individuals who have lived and had been enslaved on the Belmont Plantation to supply an correct account of historical past.

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