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Candlelight Vigil to be Held September 28, 2022 in Opelousas, LA

The deadliest instance of racial violence during the Reconstruction period “the Opelousas massacre” is little remembered today, where hundreds African-Americans died, killed by lynch mobs in an effort to suppress voters turnout.

NAACP St Landry is organizing a Candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Opelousas massacre that took place September 28 & 29, 1868.

This peaceful Memoriam event will take place ‪September 28, at 6 p.m.‬ in front of the St Landry Parish Courthouse, 118 S Court St., in Opelousas.

– Candles will be provided

– If you have a smartphone, you can download a virtual candle in your App.


Contact: Rod Sias, Naacp St Landry Vice-President