August 20, 1825
This article from the Columbian Centinel shares plans for an upcoming “Celebration of Independence” for Haiti. While Haiti had previously declared independence from France in the early 1800s, the King of France did not formally recognize Haiti’s independence until 1825. This event celebrates this pivotal moment in Haiti’s history.
Questions to Consider
- Why do you think this event resonated with the members of Boston’s African American community?
- Do you see any similarities or differences in how we respond to world events today?
Celebration of Independence.
The Africans and their descendants, in the city of Boston, will celebrate the Independence of Haiti, on the 23d August, instant. A Discourse on this occasion will be delivered by Rev. THOMAS PAUL, at the African Meeting House, in Belknap-street. Services will commence at 12 o’clock. — It is requested that all who feel an interest in this glorious event will give their attendance.
DOMINGO WILLIAMS, President
WILLIAM BROWN, Vice Presidents
WM. VASSAL, Committee of Arrangements
THOMAS DALTON, Secretary