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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Slave Rebellion Reenactment?

A: The Slave Rebellion Reenactment (SSR) is a large-scale, community-engaged art performance and film project reimagining the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the United States.

Q: Will there be another Reenactment?

A: The Reenactment was a one-time production that took place Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, 2019. However if you are wanting to organize a similar project, the SRR team would love to share knowledge and lessons learned with anyone on their own journey of organizing a similar event. Please use our contact page to reach out.

Q: What was the German Coast Uprising? How is it related to the 1811 Slave Revolt?

A:  The German Coast Uprising and the 1811 Slave Revolt refer to the same event.  From January 8–10, 1811, the largest slave revolt in the United States erupted in the German Coast of Louisiana (called so because of the origins of the German settlers of the area in the 1720s) at the Manuel Andry Plantation. The slave insurrection occurred on the east bank of the Mississippi River in what is now St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes, and was led by Charles Deslondes, Gilbert, Quamana, Jeesamine, and Maria Rose, and others. The revolters were African, American, and Haitian-born; Creole, Congo, and Akan identified; French and Engish-speaking; and represented many religious and spiritual beliefs- but all united as they risked death to be free. The insurgents fought not just for their emancipation, but to end the institution of slavery itself.

Q: What was Antenna’s role in the Reenactment? 

A: Antenna, a New Orleans based multi-arts organization, produced the performance and film of the Reenactment with support by many local organizations including RicRACK, Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Xavier University, Community Book Center, Rising Star Baptist Church, and Junebug Productions.

Q. Who funded this project? 

A.  Funding for this artwork has been provided by Open Society Foundation, VIA Art Fund, Ford Foundation, Surdna Foundation, MAP Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, A Blade of Grass, Art Matters, Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Andrew Porter, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Smack Mellon, Paige West, Cordy, Ethan, & William Ryman, Gore Family Foundation, Manon Slome, Glenn F. Scotland, Mary Katherine Ford, and an incredible group of 500+ other individuals.

Q. Were local Louisiana residents involved in this project?

A. Yes.  SRR was a community-engaged art performance and film.  An extensive community consultation process was undertaken to build awareness and support of this project over several years working closely with local historians, art, advocacy, activist and other community groups.  The artists also traveled to local schools and universities to talk about SRR with young people. Most reenactors and production team were residents of Louisiana.  This project would not be possible without them.

Q: I’m interested in my students learning more about the 1811 Slave Revolt. Can someone from the Project come to speak to my class?

A: Yes! Please use our contact page and we will follow up on availability and coordinate logistics.