On September 26th, 1868, it is estimated that well over 150 freedmen were murdered at the hands of white Democrats. In the Emerson Bentley Collection there are newspaper articles surrounding the events and Bentley's own recollection of the events that unfolded.
Digitizing History: The Creator
+ Brentney Harrison is an undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying History and minoring in English. She enjoys studying United States’ colonial period. She initially intended to create a website surrounding South Louisiana Medicine, but stumbled upon two ledgers from the 1800s. One ledger, from Breaux Bridge, was written in the English language; the other, from Opelousas, in French and English. In the end, she found more sources on the Massacre of 1868 and felt that the topic was important for future generations to come.