My great great great grandfather was owner of the Destrehan Plantation in new orleans
Interesting. I have a great great great great great grandfather who had an interesting, and pretty racist past.
My great great great great grandfather was from St. Martinville. Jefferson Davis promoted him to Colonel in the Confederate Army, and he fought at Gettysburg and lost his arm. He was appointed to negotiate the surrender of Confederate troops in Louisiana.
In 1867, he organized the "Caucasian Club" that pledged to restore white control to the government and to support the supremacy of the White race when the Republican governor of Louisiana sought to give voting rights to blacks.
Then, he founded the Knights of the White Camellia, which was basically an upper-class version of the KKK. It stretched from Texas to the Carolinas. The Knights were more numerous than the KKK, and their activities more clandestine, and their members were lawyers, physicians, newspaper editors, law enforcement, etc. Their aim was to reduce the influence of blacks in politics and prevent racial integration. They used terrorism and intimidation. He also used to organize slave patrols and vigilance committees before the Civil War.
Now... listen to this shite...
In an effort to discourage blacks from voting, he and his Knights of the White Camellia ran black families out of town by persuading planters not to employ blacks.
He organized and commanded an army of 600 men to resist the "usurping" government and convinced many whites in Louisiana to refuse to pay taxes. Governor Kellogg then sent Republican police in New Orleans to St. Martinville, and then U.S. troops to dislodge my ggggg grandfather, but whites refused to shelter or transport troops, and the army was able to hold them off.
Some of the police were killed in skirmishes.
He eventually surrendered months later to U.S. Marshals. He was arrested and brought to New Orleans aboard the Lucretia where he was held prisoner.
Then a crowd of 7,000 people showed up for the "hero of great popular demonstration", and he was quickly "requited of charges with bail".
Then the crowd followed his carriage through the streets of New Orleans in celebration.
Two years later, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Louisiana...
Can anybody top the racistness of my family history?
This post was edited on 9/19 at 5:33 pm