The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution. Pro-slavers feared Haiti, the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti. This lecture details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color, and why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free. American leaders who wrote and spoke of their admiration for Louverture include John Brown, Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, Charlotte Forten, William Lloyd Garrison, Prince Hall, John Mercer Langston, Wendell Phillips, Senator Charles Sumner, Denmark Vesey and David Walker.
Before Marvin T. Jones earnestly explored the Winton Triangle, he did so in Haiti. He honed his documentary and research skills to produce articles and exhibits on the defense works of Haiti, the second republic of the New World. Now, his work comes full circle in tying connections between Haiti and eastern North Carolina. This event is hosted by C.R. Gibbs and the Greenbelt Public Library at 11 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD, (301) 345-5800.