Black TikToker calls out Airbnb hosts for renting out former slave cabins as luxury accommodation

Black TikToker calls out Airbnb hosts for renting out former slave cabins as luxury accommodation
TikTok user @LawyerWinton calls out a former slave cabin being used as luxury accommodation.@lawyerwynton//TikTok
  • Airbnb hosts are listing former slave cabins as luxury accommodation, Mic reported.
  • One listing — a cabin on a plantation in Mississippi — has now been deleted.

Airbnb hosts are renting out former slave cabins as luxurious holiday spots, and a Black TikToker has slammed the trend in a viral video.

In a now-deleted listing, the building owners at the Belmont Plantation in Greenville, Mississippi, listed the Panther Burn Cabin as a bed and breakfast room. But, as Mic notes, the property has a dark history.

It was formerly a slave cabin in the 1830s and, later, a sharecropper cabin, the listing said.

"How is this okay in somebody's mind to rent this out? A place where human beings were kept as slaves," said civil rights attorney @LawyerWynton in a video with more than two million views.

@lawyerwynton #airbnb this is not ok. #history #civilrights #americanhistory ♬ Blade Runner 2049 - Synthwave Goose

The TikTok user took issue with some of the property reviews, which described it as "memorable" and "historic but elegant."


He pointed out that it would not educate people on the conditions enslaved people endured. "Clawfoot tub, running water, tiles, nice lighting fixtures, water, towels, dresser," he said.

@LawyerWynton said that the history of slavery is being "mocked" 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's 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 up other former slaves' quarters as luxury accommodation.


A search of Airbnb also shows several properties in New Orleans, Louisiana, for rent that started as housing for the enslaved.

A PBS article describing the conditions of antebellum slavery said Black slaves lived in rudimentary quarters that often left them vulnerable to bad weather and disease.