A property owner that previously had a listing in Greenville, Mississippi for a rental airbnb described as a “1830s Slave Cabin” What makes matters even more unwelcome, the title on official Airbnb site states the property as “The Panther Burn Cottage Belmont Plantation”
According to CNN, the ‘cottage’s’ listing was a leftover from the previous owner, who had kicked him out of the social media platform and the property rental accounts, until the TikTok video went viral.
Airbnb issued an apology to CNN stating: “Properties that formerly housed the enslaved have no place on Airbnb. We apologize for any trauma or grief created by the presence of this listing, and others like it, and that we did not act sooner to address this issue.
The new owner of the Belmont Plantation, Brad Hauser also apologized for providing guests with stay at “the slave quarters” and insulting African Americans. He also mentioned that when he purchased the property it was not old enough to house enslaved people.
Hauser said in his statement that he “strongly opposed the previous owner’s decision to market the building as the place where slaves once slept after toiling in the cotton fields in human bondage.”
CNN has reached out to the previous owner for comments, no comments were reported thus far.
A TikTok user by the name of Wynton Yates says this is not okay in a post that made 2.6 million views. Wynton shared photos of the airbnb.