The Opelousas Massacre of September 1868 was a multi-day event in which scores of African Americans and white Republicans were attacked, beaten, kidnapped, and killed. Alternatively called the "St. Landry Massacre," the Democratic Press referred to it as the "Opelousas Riots." The Franklin Planter's Banner, a Democratic newspaper tied to the Knights of the White Camellia, estimated that 100 blacks were killed during the massacre. Republican estimates placed the black death toll at 200 to 400. The number of white Democrats killed range from one to four.