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Rethinking the Colfax Riot (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Colfax, Grant Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-04-07

Duration: 00:06:07

Subjects: African Americans | Colfax Massacre, 1873 | History


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Hamilton, Avery Interviewee
  • Woods, Dean Interviewee


This segment from the April 7, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the efforts to rename the Colfax Riot to the Colfax Massacre. St. Cyr reports that the Colfax Massacre, an eruption of racial violence during Reconstruction, took place on April 13, 1873, and resulted in the deaths of between 60 and 150 African Americans. She interviews Avery Hamilton, a descendant of a Colfax Massacre victim, and Dean Woods, a descendant of a Colfax Massacre perpetrator, who discuss their efforts to change the way people view the incident and to memorialize the victims.