The Opelousas Massacre in St. Landry Parish, La., has baffled historians
over the years. From varying accounts, hundreds of Blacks were reportedly
killed, because of their desire to join a local political group that
included racist White Democrats. The Seymour Knights violently drove
potential Black voters away from theDemocratic Party, prompting White
Republican reporterEmerson Bentley to write that Blacks should remain
loyal to theRepublican Party in local paper The Progress.  A school
teacher by day, Bentley was beaten by a group of Whites as a result of his
article, which some in the town saw as an affront to the powers that be.
Black Republicans, looking to defend and find Bentley, gathered to
confront the Knights and other Democrats with both sides armed for war.It
isn¹t said who struck first, but it is known that the White Democrats had
the numbers and weapons advantage. On this date in 1868, the groups
squared off in town in the early morning.  As the battles raged on well in
to the afternoon and evening hours, several Blacks were caught, shot, and
some later executed for the uprising. The White militia forces drove the
resistance in to neighboring swamps and captured or killed the opposition
on sight, in most cases.  Twelve leaders of the Black Republicans who were
seized were lynched the following day, which sparked a round of anti-Black
violence and sentiment throughout the region. In the end, an estimated 150
to 300 Blacks were killed as a result of the race riot and an accurate
number has yet to be determined even after years of research. Whites were
also killed, with the numbers varying between 30 to 50 in most reports.
Although hard numbers cannot be confirmed, what is universally recognized
is that Black lives were lost on that day as a result of voter and racial
oppression.  As tensions rose in the South for decades after the massacre,
the lack of justice and information about the standoff shows that care
must be taken to preserve the African-American legacy for future
generations.  #AfricanHolocaust #Maafa #Lynch #NBUF #blackhistory
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The Opelousas Massacre in St. Landry Parish, La., has baffled historians
over the years. From varying accounts, hundreds of Blacks were reportedly
killed, because of their desire to join a local political group that
included racist White Democrats. The Seymour Knights violently drove
potential Black voters away from theDemocratic Party, prompting White
Republican reporterEmerson Bentley to write that Blacks should remain
loyal to theRepublican Party in local paper The Progress. A school
teacher by day, Bentley was beaten by a group of Whites as a result of his
article, which some in the town saw as an affront to the powers that be.
Black Republicans, looking to defend and find Bentley, gathered to
confront the Knights and other Democrats with both sides armed for war.It
isnĀ¹t said who struck first, but it is known that the White Democrats had
the numbers and weapons advantage. On this date in 1868, the groups
squared off in town in the early morning. As the battles raged on well in
to the afternoon and evening hours, several Blacks were caught, shot, and
some later executed for the uprising. The White militia forces drove the
resistance in to neighboring swamps and captured or killed the opposition
on sight, in most cases. Twelve leaders of the Black Republicans who were
seized were lynched the following day, which sparked a round of anti-Black
violence and sentiment throughout the region. In the end, an estimated 150
to 300 Blacks were killed as a result of the race riot and an accurate
number has yet to be determined even after years of research. Whites were
also killed, with the numbers varying between 30 to 50 in most reports.
Although hard numbers cannot be confirmed, what is universally recognized
is that Black lives were lost on that day as a result of voter and racial oppression. As tensions rose in the South for decades after the massacre,
the lack of justice and information about the standoff shows that care
must be taken to preserve the African-American legacy for future
generations. #AfricanHolocaust #Maafa #Lynch #NBUF #blackhistory

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