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Dec 31, 2013 10:45 AM by AP

Ani DiFranco cancels June retreat at plantation

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Activist singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has canceled plans for a June retreat at a former plantation outside Baton Rouge after heated online protests about the venue.

Three days and four nights of songwriting and performance workshops had been scheduled in late June at Nottoway Plantation and Resort in White Castle, about 20 miles out of Baton Rouge.

The New Orleans-based folk-rock musician announced her decision Sunday in a statement on her website, righteousbabe.com.

She says she had not known the precise location at first, and when she learned it would be on a former plantation she thought that could become a topic of discussion.

DiFranco wrote that she did not imagine the setting, in her words, "would trigger such collective outrage or result in so much high-velocity bitterness."

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