‘A story about freedom’: why an artist is re-enacting a forgotten slave revolt

Hundreds of people dressed in costume will reconstruct an 1811 Louisiana slave uprising, the largest in US history

In the middle of a grassy traffic island, adjacent to a nondescript strip mall in southern Louisiana, stands the only physical memorial to an event that rocked the racist foundations of the United States.

A brown plaque, erected to commemorate a plantation home, has one short, embossed aside: “Major 1811 slave uprising organized here.”

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