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Colfax Massacre-Black History Is Everyone’s History

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Colfax Massacre

Did you know that the massacre started over an election and the storming of a state capital building by White Supremacists?

On Easter Sunday 1873 three-hundred armed white men stormed the capital building in Colfax Parish Louisiana because they were unhappy with the results of a recent election.  One of the white men shot another and as a result, the group became further enraged and started killing black prisoners.  Over one hundred fifty Black men were killed during the massacre. Though some men were arrested none were ever charged. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Enforcement Act was unconstitutional.

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