Looking back at the #ThibodauxMassacre

Honoring victims of a racial massacre 130 years ago – [JANET McCONNAUGHEY] — Members of white mobs went door to door for more than two hours, shooting unarmed blacks, on Nov. 23, 1887. The violence ended a monthlong strike by sugar plantation field hands, including many former slaves as well as some whites. Though records are sketchy, they indicate that 30 to 60 people died in the Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh) Massacre, said John DeSantis, whose book about the incident was published late last year. Local tradition holds that there’s a mass grave on the grounds of what’s now a black American Legion chapter . DeSantis and others created the Louisiana 1887 Memorial Committee to raise money for an archaeological survey to learn if that’s true — and, if it is, have any remains exhumed, investigated, and buried in consecrated ground. The public was invited to the group’s first meeting Thursday night in Thibodaux. The 19 to 20 members include a descendant of Jack Conrad, who was shot four times and left for dead, and at least one descendant of a local plantation family, DeSantis said.

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