(WWLTV) The fleur de lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in Louisiana's history. Seen in architecture, the state flag and on the helmets of the Saints, it's everywhere.
But while it is now seen as the mark of our great state, it was once used to mark slaves.
"Code noir, those words are French and mean black code," said slave historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck.
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The black code was a set of regulations adopted in Louisiana in 1724 from other French colonies around the world, meant to govern the state's slave population. Seck said those rules included branding slaves with the fleur de lis as punishment for running away.