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Honoring victims of a racial massacre 130 years ago

Descendants of victims of a racial massacre 130 years ago in south Louisiana and of plantation and Confederate families are working to honor the victims by searching for their remains.

Whites went door to door for hours, shooting unarmed blacks, on Nov. 23, 1887. The violence ended a strike by sugar plantation field hands, including former slaves and their children. Though records are sketchy, it's believed that 30 to 60 people died in the Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh) Massacre.

Local tradition holds that there's a mass grave on the grounds of what's now an American Legion chapter . An archaeological survey might show if that's true.

A committee to raise money for and direct the search holds its first meeting Thursday night in Thibodaux, about 60 miles west-southwest of New Orleans.