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The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail and the The 1811 Slave Revolt Trail take you on a history lesson around Louisiana. Both are stories of pride and courage.

Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

Two years in development, the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail explores the bold, courageous, leadership role of Louisianians during the Modern Civil Rights Movement. It is  a cultural tourism experience that informs, inspires and invites visitors to explore Louisiana’s prominent role in the modern movement. The trail reveals stories from the civil rights era from culture to commerce, desegregation and protests to confrontations. The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail uses markers tell the stories of Louisiana people, sites and events played during the 1950s and '60s that shaped American history.

Civil Rights activists of the ‘50s and ‘60s inherited a legacy of resilience passed on through the generations. On the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail you will discover the real-life heroes who strategised, organised, preached, marched, boycotted, stood up, sat down and sang for change. Real people who dedicated themselves and their lives to Making Rights Real.

It took the nation’s first bus boycott in Baton Rouge, the Canal Street sit-ins in New Orleans, and a 105-mile march from Bogalusa to the State Capitol to put Louisiana at the forefront of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Preachers, students, lawyers, businesspeople, housekeepers…courageous Louisianans from all walks of life exercised their rights to protest peacefully during the Civil Rights Era for desegregation, equal hiring and housing practices, and voting rights.

The fight was never easy. It sometimes got ugly. And the stories will always be inspirational. Explore the protests and confrontations that were a stepping stone to Making Rights Real.

The 1811 Slave Revolt Trail

The 1811 Slave Revolt Trail recognises the bravery of those who fought for equality against the ties of slavery and social oppression. The path tells the historical tales of the group that marched toward New Orleans to set up their own free nation and of the others who would join the ranks of the insurgents as they began America’s First Freedom March. Tales of the 1811 revolt group, led by Charles Deslondes, will be noted at special kiosks depicting the 1811 Slave Revolt Trail, which spans from the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House where the uprising began, to Destrehan Plantation.

On the night of 8th January1811, up to 500 enslaved people took up arms in one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history. The uprising began on the grounds of a plantation owned by Manuel Andry, now the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House in LaPlace, Louisiana. The group of revolutionaries marched down River Road killing two plantation owners and torching several buildings on their way to New Orleans. Other enslaved joined the two day march along the way.

After an initial encounter with militia near Kenner, Louisiana, the group was forced back to near present-day Norco (New Sarpy) where a brutal encounter and subsequent trials at Destrehan Plantation and other locations left about 100 of the insurgents dead. Many of the enslaved were beheaded, with their heads staked on the levee in front of the plantations for nearly 60 miles as a warning to others. Though this action was technically unsuccessful, reverberations of the 1811 rebellion echoed across the young United States. It was the first of several large-scale, militant actions against slavery that occurred across the South in the decades leading up to the Civil War and Emancipation.

 The 1811 Slave Revolt Trail commemorates the revolt and journey of these brave revolutionaries. Travel between the two trailhead locations and stops at specific points that highlight significant events along the journey. Nearby experiences at Whitney Plantation and Riverlands Historic Church also help visitors gain insight into these historic events.

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