Black Codes Were Special Laws For Ouachita Parish Slaves The Black Codes were a set of laws that governed the activities of Negroes during slavery in many areas of the South, including Ouachita Parish.

The laws were enacted on the insistence of large plantation owners who were the ruling class. They began in Ouachita Parish in 1724.

Some of the regulations that were enforced in North Louisiana included: 1) granting Sunday off days to slaves, 2) Monthly food rations 3) Furnishing of a minimum clothing provision of one linen shirt, wool coat and plantaloons, 4) Care for disabled slaves 5) Penalties for slaves who assembled without permission, carried weapons, carried provisions without permission 6) Prohibition against slave ownership of property, or riding horseback without a permit.