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1811 - Meuillon-Villere, Slave Revolt

The plantation of Louis-Augustin Meuillon was one of the larger estates in St. Charles Parish. An inventory made just months before the uprising lists 70 adult [enslaved persons] on the property.

Many [enslaved persons] on the Meuillon plantation joined the revolt and all but one supported it. An account published just after the revolt, lists two [enslaved persons] killed, nine in jail and two missing. Two of the jailed [enslaved persons], Apollon and Henri, were tortured to death. Only the [enslaved person] Bazile , 36 years old and a native of Louisiana, lifted a hand to try and put out the fire. After the revolt he was freed for the betrayal of his fellow [enslaved persons]. The solid Green line represents the route of the [enslaved] insurgents, led by Jacques Villere, J. Etienne Bore P. Dennis Laronde, Approved by L. Moreau Lislet, City Judge. (Louisiana Collection, New Orleans Public Library) In New Orleans, the captured [enslaved persons] were held in the jail on the lower level of the Cabildo and the tribunals were held on the second floor. Six [enslaving] owners sat in judgment of the reels. The court was in session from January 15 through the 18th and again on February 2, and issued death warrants for at least eight rebels. The [enslaving] owners on the tribunals included Louis LaBlanc, J. E. Bore, Daniel Clar, Peter Colssen, Stephen Henderson, Chas. Jumonville, Thomas Poree, P. Dennis LaRonde, James Villere, Jacques Villere, J. B. Labatut, and others. The judge was L. Moreau Lislet.

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