Musician Ani DiFranco has canceled an artist retreat at controversial site

Folk singer Ani DiFranco has reportedly canceled an artists’ workshop that was to be held at one of the largest former plantations in the South.

DiFranco has canceled an artist retreat at a former slave plantation in the wake of public outcry, according to Rolling Stone.

Her four-day songwriting workshop “Righteous Retreat” was to be held at Nottoway Plantation and Resort in White Castle, La., in June. Nottoway was once one of the largest slave plantations in the South and is now a museum.

DiFranco said, “When I found out it was to be held at a resort on a former plantation, I thought to myself, ‘whoa,’ but I did not imagine or understand that the setting of a plantation would trigger such collective outrage or result in so much high velocity bitterness.

“I imagined instead that the setting would become a participant in the event,” she continued. “This was doubtless to be a gathering of progressive and engaged people, so I imagined a dialogue would emerge organically over the four days about the issue of where we were.”

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