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Local government to honor victims of 1887 massacre of blacks

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By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
The Associated Press

One hundred and thirty years after white mobs massacred black laborers and their families to end a sugar strike, a Louisiana parish government is expected to approve a resolution to mark the attack's anniversary and honor its victims.

John DeSantis, who wrote a book about the incident, says he recently learned that the resolution is on the Lafourche (luh-FOOSH) Parish Council agenda Tuesday evening in Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh).

He says the parish is setting a shining example at a time of racial division nationally.

DeSantis says he also believes such reconciliation helps the spirits of both those who were killed and those who killed them.

He says that's why he has felt that writing the book was not enough, and that he had to help with the reconciliation.

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