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