19 June 1784 – Jean Saint Malo

Jean Saint Malo lived up to his name as a slave saviour. Sick of the tyrannical Spaniards in the southern state of Louisiana, he led a band of escapee slaves into the harsh marshlands where they set up camp outside of easy reach of their oppressors.

However, it wasn’t long before the Spanish clamped down hard on such revolts and, eventually, as many as 100 ex-slaves were caught, Saint Malo among them.

Accused of murder, Saint Malo was hanged for his crime and he was strung up outside St Louis Cathedral in what is now known as Jackson Square.

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