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Marithou – La Rivière Rouge
Toussaint Louverture was one of the leaders of the Haitian revolution. In 1791, he led the slave rebellion in the French colony of Saint Domingue. In 1801 he promulgated an autonomist constitution for the colony, with himself as governor for life.
In 1802 he was forced to resign by forces sent by Napoleon Bonaparte to restore French authority in the colony. He was deported to the Fort de Joux in France where he died in 1803. The Haitian Revolution continued under Jean-Jacques Dessalines who declared Haiti’s independence in 1804.
The Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation’s purposes are to promote Haitian culture, stimulate artistic creativity, and support Haitian cultural activities in Haiti and in the United States. It will also help restore Haiti’s cultural heritage, both its infrastructure and artworks. It will carry out these purposes through conferences, art shows, international fundraising activities, and public forums that will engage artists, community members and concerned citizens.