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LouvertureThe Soul of a Man: Toussaint Louverture & the Haitian Slave Revolt

Central Library, Copley Square (Rare Books Lobby)
June 17 to September 30, 2014
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Toussaint Louverture was born a slave in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in 1743. Although he had no formal education or military training, Louverture became a brilliant, tactical general who once won seven battles in seven days. As a leader of the armed resistance against colonization and slavery, Louverture proved a seminal influence on the future of a free Haiti.  When Louverture wrote, “I may have been born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a man,” he inspired generations of black slaves seeking independence from the chains of bondage.

This exhibition draws from the Boston Public Library’s important collection of Haitian and West Indies materials, which includes over 10,000 books and manuscripts.


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City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston

Central Library, Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
March 22 to August 22, 2014
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.

During the last decade, Boston as a whole has become younger, and more racially and ethnically diverse. However, the neighborhoods that make up Boston often tell their own unique stories of diversity and change.

This exhibition tells the story of a “new” Boston by looking at the overall city and at individual neighborhoods. The 45 photos, objects, and maps, many of which are based on recent census data, show us where newer immigrant groups have settled and how the streets and features of a neighborhood reflect who lives and works there. Exhibition translations will be available in the following languages: Haitian Creole, Spanish, and Chinese.

This exhibition is funded in part by Mass Humanities. MH_logo_with_tag-grayscale