- Freedmen Massacred at Opelousas
September 28, 1868 to September 29, 1868 ST LANDRY, Louisiana Politics, Race-Relations, Crime/Violence, African-Americans
The Opelousas massacre occurred in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, on September 28, 1868. It centered around Emerson Bentley, a white editor for a local newspaper called The Landry Progress and an influential schoolteacher who promoted the education of black children. Bentley wrote an article that local members of the Seymour Knights, a branch unit of the white supremacist group The Knights of the White...
- Freedmen and Republicans Murdered in New Orleans
July 30, 1866 ORLEANS, Louisiana Politics, Race-Relations, African-Americans, Crime/Violence
The New Orleans Riot occurred on July 30, 1866 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Whites instigated the riot and targeted freedmen. However, this riot was different from those of its time because it centered primarily on disagreements regarding Reconstruction policies. Radical Republicans were unhappy with former Confederates gaining power and influence under Governor Wells. Wells himself eventually noticed...
- Attorney General William on Enforcement Acts
April 2, 1875 Washington City, District of Columbia Government, Politics, Race-Relations, Crime/Violence, African-Americans
The Colfax massacre of 1872, believed to be the most devastating occurrence of racial violence during Reconstruction, resulted in the death of around 150 freedmen at the hands of white supremacists. The events at Colfax resulted in only three men to convicted. However, disagreement led to the case entering the Supreme Court in the form of United States v. Cruikshank in 1876. The case brought in to...