The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike
Event Date: February 7th, 2017
West Baton Rouge Museum
Port Allen, LA
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Lunchtime Lecture and book signing featuring author John DeSantis, on "The Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike." On Nov. 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families over the course of two hours. The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations. Fear, rumors and white supremacist ideals clashed with an unprecedented labor action to create an epic tragedy. A future member of the U.S. House of Representatives was among the leaders of a mob that routed black men from houses and forced them to a stretch of railroad track, ordering them to run for their lives before gunning them down. Author and award-winning reporter John DeSantis uses correspondence, interview and federal records to detail this harrowing true story. This free program is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition "Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963." Bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the lecture.