Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the 1887 Thibodaux Massacre?
On Nov. 23, 1887 armed mobs took to a residential area of Thibodaux, La., where striking black sugar cane workers and their supporters were lodged in various homes, and went on a shooting spree lasting more than two hours. Historical accounts suggest 30 to 60 people were killed. No attempt was ever made to bring the attackers to justice.

2. Where did it take place?
Thibodaux is a small city in Lafourche Parish, La., about 70 miles southwest of New Orleans.

3. What is the Going Home project about?
Numerous oral histories maintain that at least some of those killed were buried in a makeshift mass grave near what is now Gerald Peltier Drive and Narrow Street in Thibodaux. In partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette, the Louisiana 1887 Memorial Committee seeks to verify the presence of remains at the site. If thus determined, the remains would be removed for scientific examination at ULL. They will then be returned to Thibodaux for proper burial.

4. How can I help?
The first phase of the project will cost in excess of $25,000 according to a budget submitted by the university. Donations are needed to reach this goal, and to for Committee to continue operating. You can also help by spreading the word about the project no matter what state of country you live in. Donations can be made directly to the Committee, or through the ULL Foundation’s Thibodaux Project fund.