Artist Dread Scott Organizes Reenactment Of 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt : NPR

Artist Dread Scott organized the 26-mile trek to New Orleans as a tribute to the men and women who protested their enslavement in the German Coast Uprising of 1811 by re-imagining a different outcome.

On to New Orleans!” they chanted, thrusting their weapons high.

“Freedom or death!”

A group stages a reenactment Saturday tracing the route of an 1811 slave rebellion in Louisiana. (Marianna Massey / Getty Images)
The reenactment spotlights the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history, an event that is largely overlooked.(Marianna Massey / Getty Images )
Period rifles and other artifacts were used in the reenactment.(Marianna Massey / Getty Images)

One of the participants in the reenactment, which was directed by New York performance artist Dread Scott and filmed for a documentary.(Marianna Massey / Getty Images)
The reenactment covered a 20-mile route. (Marianna Massey / Getty Images)
Historians disagree about the details of the 1811 slave rebellion that was reenacted. (Marianna Massey / Getty Images

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