A panel discussion and slideshow featuring Toussaint Louverture's historical impact and his influence on the abolitionist movement and popular culture in the United States will be held on Tuesday, June 17
6:30 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. Panelists include Boston Public Library Trustee and State Representative Byron Rushing, Dr. Marc Prou of the University of Massachusetts, Professor Patricia Hills of Boston University, and moderators Marie St. Fleur and Dr. Nesly Metayer. Representatives from the Boston City Council, the NAACP, and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry will join the panel for special remarks.
"The panelists will offer a glimpse of little known but important facts connecting the U.S. to Haiti and further validate the historical bonds between the Haitian Revolution and New England abolitionists," said Charlot Lucien, one of the organizers for Haitian-Americans United Inc.
The Central Library exhibition draws on Boston Public Library's vast collection of Haitian and West Indies materials http://archon.bpl.org/?p=collections/controlcard&id=46  which includes 10,000+ books, manuscripts, and letters dating from 1714-1916 and features a copy of the Code Henry, which was issued in 1812 and codifies the civil and criminal laws of Haiti. The collection documents the colonial rule of Saint-Domingue, the slave insurrection, the beginning of Haitian self-rule, and the development of Haiti, the first black republic in the world. The Rare Books Lobby is located on the third floor of the McKim Building at the Central Library in Copley Square. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.bpl.org/exhibitions