Boston Public Library

Coming Soon

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

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