1811 Slave Rebellion Re-enactment continues today

Published 12:05 am Saturday, November 9, 2019

LAPLACE — The 1811 Slave Rebellion Re-enactment began Friday morning Nov. 8 in LaPlace and will continue from St. Charles Parish to Kenner Saturday Nov. 9. That afternoon, the group of re-enactors will be transported by bus to Congo Square in New Orleans for a celebration.

The group of re-enactors chants, “We’re off to New Orleans!” in front of Rising Star Baptist Church in LaPlace.

The Slave Rebellion Reenactment has been in the works since 2013, according to visual artist Dread Scott. The large-scale performance is a reimagining of the 1811 German Coast Uprising that started at Woodland/Andry Plantation in LaPlace and became known as the largest slave revolt in United States history.

New Orleans arts organization Antenna is producing the reenactment with support from community organizations.

For more information on the history that inspired the piece, read the story published Nov. 6 at lobservateur.com or visit slave-revolt.com.

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