The New Orleans Race Riot

This illustration from Harper's Weekly by Theodore Davis depicts "the freedman's procession marching to the institute - the struggle for the flag." President Andrew Johnson as well as the mayor of New Orleans were implicated in the riot that was focused on attacking African Americans who had gathered to discuss ways to attain their civil rights. General Philip Sheridan, the military governor of Louisiana, called it an "absolute massacre."

Date:
July 30, 1866
Original Format:
Drawings & Sketches
Item#:
1860.0051a
Height:
1350px
Width:
1963px
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