Hutchins Center: Philippe Girard: Nathan I. Huggins Lectures (1 of 3)


Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:00pm


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Philippe Girard, Professor of History and Department Head, McNeese State University

Profiles in Courage: Four Forgotten Figures of the Haitian Revolution

  • October 27th: Jean-Baptiste Belley
  • Lecture 1: Jean-Baptiste Belley was a black freedman who traveled from Haiti to France in 1794 to convince the French parliament to pass a law abolishing slavery. Amazingly, he succeeded (becoming the first black deputy in the French parliament in the process), only to meet a tragic end as Napoléon Bonaparte later reneged on emancipation.