Chamber of the Ages


My grandfather was born in the cane fields of Thibodaux, Louisiana near New Orleans,  in 1873. His family was forced to flee into the swamps,  during the Massacre of 1887. He said that he didn’t know how it began, just that an elderly co-worker told him to run into the swamp and to stay hid.  He said that he didn’t know the fate of his family for three weeks while they hid from the vigilantes, only rumor that a Judge had made a decree that all Negroes had to have a pass to go into or out-of-town.  Cornbread Johnson had said that he was coming into Thibodaux,  when he saw the a  group of white men (the militia) whipping a colored man and when they saw him,  they started chasing him on horseback.  Johnson lost them a the woods leading to the swamp.  Grandpa was at the sugar mill working…

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