Marching atop the Mississippi River levee in New Sarpy, Louisiana, on Saturday, March 9, reenactors chant, "On to New Orleans, freedom or death -- we're going to end slavery."
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Reenacting the largest slave revolt in US history

Updated 5:06 PM ET, Sun November 10, 2019

Marching atop the Mississippi River levee in New Sarpy, Louisiana, on Saturday, March 9, reenactors chant, "On to New Orleans, freedom or death -- we're going to end slavery."
Edmund D. Fountain for CNN

Hundreds of people marched along the Mississippi River this weekend in a reenactment of the 1811 German Coast slave uprising, the largest revolt of enslaved people in the history of the United States. The performance, the brainchild of artist Dread Scott, was six years in the making and sought to reclaim the history of the uprising.

In the river parishes outside New Orleans, the reenactors retraced much of the route of the revolt and concluded with a public celebration at Congo Square inside Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. The reenactment was the first time the revolt has been reenacted at this scale.

The 1811 German Coast uprising began about 30 miles upriver