Local government to honor victims of 1887 massacre of blacks

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(AP) - 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, said he recently learned that the resolution is on the Lafourche Parish Council agenda Tuesday evening in Thibodaux.

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

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

He said 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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