Wednesday, October 24, 2012

144 years ago: Innocenti raids begin

144 years ago today (Oct. 24, 1868): Joseph P. Macheca, a native Louisianan engaged in importing and selling Central American fruit, begins leading a Democratic Party-aligned paramilitary group known as the Innocenti on violent anti-Republican marches through New Orleans. The marches are repeated over several days and lead to bloody clashes in some of the city's African-American neighborhoods. Macheca's role as director of the marches is screened somewhat by the Innocenti selection of Pascalis Labarre, a local official, as president of the organization.