Leon A. Waters passionately works as a licensed tour guide for Hidden History Tours, a division of Hidden History. Mr. Waters is also a founding member of the Louisiana Museum of African American History located in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young child Mr. Waters was first introduced to history by his elder cousin Clara Duncan affectionately known as Kizzy. She lived thirty miles of New Orleans in Montz in St. Charles Parish. Her father and uncle were enslaved on the Delhomme plantation.
Both would later serve in Co. E 16th Regiment Infantry of the Corps d’ Afrique of the Civil War. Waters’ great great grandfather was Hanniball Waters, a cousin to Clara Duncan. He was a runaway slave, a maroon, from the James Brown plantation called Roseland of St. Charles Parish. Hanniball Waters would later serve in the 1st Heavy Artillery Corps d’Afrique of the Union Army in the Civil War. He and his comrades would avenge their people in contributing to the military defeat of the slave holders.
Waters would learn from his cousin Kizzy that his ancestors were very rebellious during enslavement. She shared with him the story of a big slave revolt that happened during her grandparents’ time. This was the revolt of 1811 led by Charles Deslondes. The descendants of these rebels would continue the fight through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the General Strike of 1892, the Great Depression, lynchings, World War II, urban rebellion of the 1960s, and modern-day disaster capitalism.
Malcolm Suber is a veteran organizer who has resided in New Orleans for the past 32 years, and has been an active and leading fighter for Black and working class liberation since his youth in South Carolina. He went on to become a student leader at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. While there Mr. Suber was a founder of the All-African Youth Party and the Committee for Independent Black Politics; he was also a founding member and a national leader of the African Liberation Support Committee.
Mr. Suber was a leader in the fight to remove slave masters' names from New Orleans public schools. Later, he would become a founding member of the Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF), where Mr. Suber acted as the PHRF's national organizing coordinator and led a campaign to expose the Red Cross’s theft of monies raised for the people of New Orleans. He was the organizer of the Homeless pride, a homeless organization that took up residence across from New Orleans City Hall.
Mr. Suber and Mr. Waters are founding Board Members of the Louisiana Museum of African American History (LMAAH), which has been the leading organizer for the commemoration of the 1811 slave revolt. Mr. Suber successfully led the campaign in 1994 for Orleans Parish school board recognition of the 1811 Slave Revolt. As a result, thousands of New Orleans school kids know about the 1811 Revolt.