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Jo (left), Joy Banner and their parents fled to the Big House on the Whitney Plantation to ride out Hurricane Ida last Sunday. They say their enslaved ancestors helped build the house. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Descendants Of The Enslaved Sheltered From Ida In A Historic Plantation's Big House

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Russell Ledet, a second-year medical student (top row, third from left) organized an outing for 14 of his fellow African American classmates to a former plantation that had slave quarters. Ledet says he would caption this photo "Our Moment of Resiliency." Brian Washington Jr. hide caption

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