LAPLACE, La. - Louisiana's River Parishes Tourist Commission (LARPTC) will commemorate the 210th anniversary of the 1811 Slave Revolt with the unveiling of a dedicated 10-mile trail that spans from the 1811 Kid Ory Historic House where the uprising began on the night of January 8, 1811, when up to 500 enslaved people took up arms in one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history, to Destrehan Plantation. New Orleans native and world-renowned actor Wendell Pierce provides the voice talent for a dramatized audio account of the 1811 Slave Revolt. The special press event will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at Destrehan Plantation (outdoors near the gift shop), located at 13034 River Road in Destrehan, Louisiana.
Tourism leaders, which will include LARPTC Executive Director Buddy Boe, St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell, and St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard, will provide remarks recognizing the bravery of those who fought for equality against the ties of slavery and social oppression.
Who: LARPTC Executive Director Buddy Boe, LARPTC Board Chairman Garrett Monti, St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard, St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell, community leaders and tourism officials.
What: Special Press Event to commemorate the 1811 Slave Revolt and Black History Month
When: 11 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021
Where: Destrehan Plantation, 13034 River Road, Destrehan, Louisiana, 70047 (The press event will also be streamed live on the LARP Facebook page)