Reserve in St. John The Baptist Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
1811 Slave Revolt
Historic Riverlands Church is located in Reserve, a few miles upriver from where the Slave Revolt began in 1811. In 2005, this site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its local significance in the areas of religion, social history, and ethnic heritage. The church building is the original Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church which was built in the River Parishes specifically for African American parishioners due to segregation during the Jim Crow Era. The nationally acclaimed Slave Rebellion Reenactment held in 2019 utilized Historic Riverlands' grounds for meetings, costume fittings, and rehearsals (photos and full video of this event are on display). Also housed inside this beautiful sanctuary is the Soul River Music Journey, an exhibit covering the development and evolution of music inspired and produced by African Americans. The musical journey takes you from the African Musical Roots and Early Development: 1700 1865 in the context of slavery, emancipation and the slave revolt of 1811; all the way to hip hop, modern gospel, and jazz fusion. (Right in the middle of our musical
America's First Freedom March
On the night of January 8, 1811, up to 500 enslaved people took up arms in one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history. The uprising began on the grounds of a plantation owned by Manuel Andry, now the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House in LaPlace, Louisiana. The group of revolutionaries marched down River Road killing two plantation owners and torching several buildings on their way to New Orleans. Other enslaved joined the two-day march along the way.
After an initial encounter with militia near Kenner, Louisiana, the group was forced back to near present-day Norco (New Sarpy), where a brutal encounter and subsequent trials at Destrehan Plantation and other locations left about 100 of the participants dead. Many of the enslaved were beheaded, with their heads staked on the levee in front of the plantations for nearly 60 miles as a warning to others. Though this action was technically unsuccessful, reverberations of the 1811 rebellion echoed across the young United States. It was the first of several large- scale, militant actions against slavery that occurred across the South in the decades leading
The 1811 Slave Revolt Trail commemorates the revolt and journey of these brave revolutionaries. Travel between the two trailhead locations, 1811 Kid Ory Historic House and Destrehan Plantation, and stop at specific points that highlight significant events along the journey. Nearby extended experiences at Whitney Plantation and Historic Riverlands Church also help visitors gain insight into these historic events.
Erected by Louisiana's River Parishes.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Civil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is January 8, 1811.
Location. 30° 4.45′ N, 90° 33.366′ W. Marker is in Reserve, Louisiana, in St. John The Baptist Parish. Marker is on Redemption Way east of NW 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Redemption Way, Reserve LA 70084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Sanctuary (a few steps from this marker); Maurin's Theater (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. John The Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 2 miles away); Saint John The Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Caroline Deslonde Beauregard (approx. 2 miles away); Luis Bethancourt (approx. 2.1 miles away); Graugnard House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Civil War Cannon (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reserve.
Also see . . . Official 1811 Slave Revolt Link. (Submitted on June 26, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.