June 25, 2014

Law and Order - Catahoula Parish, 1889

From an article that appeared in the October 31, 1889 edition of the Brazil Register in Brazil, Indiana:


The Better class of citizens of Catahoula Parish, La., Organizing for the Protection of Negro Laborers Against Lawless Night Riders.
New Orleans, Oct. 25. - The Times-Democrat Trinity (La.) special says:  A number of the best citizens of this section of Catahoula Parish have decided to organize a vigilance committee for the protection of the negro laborers of the parish against nightly raids of armed bands of white and colored men who have been visiting the various plantations and searching by armed force the houses of laborers, threatening and attempting the lives of the tenants, and shooting at them on the public highways while in the pursuit of their daily vocations, to the detriment of the public good and the scandal of the people of the parish.  An indignation meeting will be held at Jonesville next Tuesday to adopt means for the protection of the people against these armed bands.

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