Hundreds of people dressed in costume will reconstruct the largely forgotten 1811 Louisiana slave uprising
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.
It is an understatement that Dread Scott, the noted New York artist, finds infuriating. The 1811 slave rebellion, involving around 400 enslaved people rising up on their white captors and marching towards New Orleans, was the largest slave insurrection in American history. But this minimization is also an inspiration, and partly explains why he committed six years of his life to a mass re-enactment piece that starts on Friday and ends in New Orleans on Saturday evening.
Im glad that there is a sign that marks it, he said in an interview with the Guardian. But I also think that its pathetic. To mark this most magnificent event with a sign by the side of a highway? Thats crazy.