Reenactors to remember 1811 slave rebellion

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactors Nia De Coux, foreground, and Jillian Jones pose as they try on their newly tailored period costumes for the u...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactors Nia De Coux, foreground, and Jillian Jones pose as they try on their newly tailored period costumes for the u...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, artist Dread Scott, whose work focuses on racial injustice and oppression, discusses his upcoming reenactment of a slave...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, artist Dread Scott, whose work focuses on racial injustice and oppression, discusses his upcoming reenactment of a slave...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactor Courtney Brooks tries on her newly tailored period costumes for the upcoming reenactment of a slave rebellion ...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactor Courtney Brooks tries on her newly tailored period costumes for the upcoming reenactment of a slave rebellion ...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, sketches of period dress are seen on the wall for the upcoming reenactment of a slave rebellion in New Orleans. More tha...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, sketches of period dress are seen on the wall for the upcoming reenactment of a slave rebellion in New Orleans. More tha...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactor Louis Ward is fitted for his period costumes by Patricia Gorman for the upcoming reenactment of a slave rebell...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactor Louis Ward is fitted for his period costumes by Patricia Gorman for the upcoming reenactment of a slave rebell...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactor Louis Ward poses as he tries on his newly tailored period clothing for the upcoming reenactment of a slave reb...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, reenactor Louis Ward poses as he tries on his newly tailored period clothing for the upcoming reenactment of a slave reb...

LaPLACE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of people are set to take part in a performance artwork reenacting the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.

The reenactment in Louisiana was conceived by Dread Scott, an artist who often tackles issues of racial oppression and injustice. Scott says those who took part in the 1811 rebellion were "heroic" and that it is something people should know about and be inspired by.

Starting Friday, the reenactors will walk from LaPlace in southern Louisiana's sugar plantation country to the outskirts of New Orleans over two days. They will be wearing period costumes and holding machetes.

During the rebellion, an estimated 200 to 500 slaves rose up and marched on New Orleans in an attempt to overthrow the government and establish a free republic. Their uprising was ultimately crushed.