Colfax in Grant Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
On this site occurred the Colfax Riot in which three white men and 150 negroes were slain. This event on April 13, 1873, marked the end of carpetbag misrule in the South.
Erected 1950 by Louisiana Department of Commerce and Industry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Government & Politics.
Location. 31° 30.998′ N, 92° 42.771′ W. Marker is in Colfax, Louisiana, in Grant Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 8) and 2nd Street (State Highway 8) on Main Street. Marker is at the southeast corner of Main and 2nd Streets (both La. Hwy 8), on the lawn near the west end of the Grant Parish Court House Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Main Street, Colfax LA 71417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Famous Burning Well of Colfax (a few steps from this marker); Grant Parish and Town of Colfax (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary E. Graham High School (approx. 0.8 miles Battle of Calhoun's Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away); Village of Dry Prong (approx. 11.7 miles away); Verda (approx. 13.1 miles away); Montgomery, Louisiana (approx. 14.8 miles away); LTV Aerospace Vought A-7D Corsair II (approx. 17 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colfax.
Also see . . .
1. Colfax Massacre. Easter Sunday, April 13, 1873 (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. The American Experience: Ulysses S. Grant. Politics, Reconstruction, and the Colfax Massacre. (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. John McEnery. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Reconstruction: A State Divided. "The Colfax Riot was the bloodiest single instance of racial violence in the Reconstruction era in all of the United States..." (Submitted on August 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
5. Colfax Riot Memorial for Whites Killed:.
Stephen Decatur Parish, James West Hadnot, Sidney Harris -
who fell in the Colfax Riot fighting for white supremacy,
Additional keywords. "Colfax Massacre"; freedmen; White League; Reconstruction; insurrection; terrorism; racism.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,397 times since then and 675 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 19, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.