Haiti Commemorates Toussaint Louverture 210 Years Later


On Sunday, April 7, 2013, President of Haiti Michel Joseph Martelly visited Ennery, in the department of Artibonite, where he participated in the commemoration of the 210th anniversary of the death of Toussaint Louverture, who died in prison on April 7, 1803.

According to a statement from the presidency, the head of state was accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Sophia Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Salvador Lamothe, the Departmental Delegate of Artibonite, Jean-Auguste Michel, the MP for the constituency Mr. Cholzer Chancy, the departmental Director of the HNP, the Commissioner Marc André Cadostin, Mayor Alexis Ivens, and many other personalities of Artibonite. Mr. Martelly visited the site of the former home of Toussaint Louverture where he reflected before the statue of the Precursor of Independence as he laid a wreath of flowers. President Martelly then proceeded to the inauguration of the Toussaint Louverture Boulevard.

Haiti’s government also marked the 30th anniversary of the Musee du Pantheon National, Haiti’s MUPANAH museum, where Louverture’s remains were placed in 1983, the remains of were placed.

Toussaint Louverture died in prison on April 7, 1803, after being arrested by the French army. He told his captors, “In overthrowing me, you have only cut down in Saint-Domingue the trunk of the tree of liberty. It will spring up again by the roots, for they are numerous and deep.”

For more information, see http://www.metropolehaiti.com/metropole/full_une_fr.php?id=22001 and http://negronews.fr/2013/04/07/hommage-il-y-a-210-ans-toussaint-louverture-nous-quittait/

For photos of event, see http://rapadoo.com/2013/04/08/commemoration-de-la-mort-de-toussaint-louverture/

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