Hundreds of people are set to take part in a performance Arts reenacting the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history, an 1811 uprising Which was Finally crushed
Hundreds of people are set to share in a performance arts reenacting the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.
The reenactment in Louisiana was conceived by Dread Scott, an artist who regularly tackles problems of racial oppression and injustice. Scott says those who participate in the 1811 rebellion were “heroic” and that it’s something people should know about and be inspired by.
Beginning Friday, the reenactors will walk from LaPlace in southern Louisiana’s sugar plantation country to the outskirts of New Orleans over two days. They’ll be wearing period costumes and holding machetes.
During the rebellion, an estimated 200 to 500 slaves rose up and marched on New Orleans in an effort to overthrow the government and establish a free republic. Their uprising was finally crushed.