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St Bernard Parish Cemeteries
Saint Bernard Catholic Cemetery

Pablo Feliu

PABLO SAN FELIU
ASSINATED BY SLAVES
INCITED BY CARPETBAG RULE
DIED OCT 1896

The headstone for Pablo Feliu (unknown – 1868) was erected sometime after Pablo’s death. The inscription is erroneous. Pablo Feliu was killed during the 1868 St Bernard Parish Massacre.

The plantation owners in the parish wanted to reverse the rights of the recently freed slaves. Horatio Seymour was running as the Democratic candidate with the slogan, “This is a white man’s country; let white men rule.” To suppress the freed people from voting Republican (Ulysses S Grant), angry mobs

The plantation owners in the parish wanted to reverse the rights of the recently freed slaves. Horatio Seymour was running as the Democratic candidate with the slogan, “This is a white man’s country; let white men rule.” To suppress the newly freed people from voting Republican (Ulysses S Grant) an armed militia killed between 30-135 people.

Accounts vary about Pablo Feliu’s death. Most stories say that Feliu was a bootlegger and was friends with all in the parish, both black and white. It seems as if he did fire upon a group of men and they killed him. Early accounts say his wife and baby were also killed, but they were proven to have escaped.

There was only one vote for the Republican Party in 1868 in St. Bernard Parish.

The inscription was likely written in the 1960s. Feliu died in 1868 and the man or men who killed him were not slaves. The carpetbag rule was not an imposition from the North but as a result of the contentious election.