Exploiting African-American History For 'Ghost Tours'

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The Sorrel-Weed House in Savannah, Ga. is one location among the many that host ghost tours in the south. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

“Ghost tours” — where visitors pay to see haunted locations — are a popular October attraction in many cities. But according to University of Michigan professor Tiya Miles, ghost tours in the South often use stories of slaves to sell tickets.

On this Halloween, we revisit Miles’s October 2015 conversation with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about her book “Tales from the Haunted South.”


Tiya Miles, professor at the University of Michigan and author of “Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era (The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era).” She tweets @TiyaMilesUM.

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