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Haiti and the Civil War with Marvin T. Jones

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 "The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution.  For over seventy years pro-slavers feared Haiti, and the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti.  Marvin T. Jones details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color. And, why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free.  American leaders who wrote, spoke of and acted due to their admiration for Louverture include John Brown, Martin Delaney, Gabriel Prosser, Frederick Douglass, Charlotte Forten, William Lloyd Garrison, Prince Hall, John Mercer Langston, Wendell Phillips, Senator Charles Sumner, Denmark Vesey and David Walker.  Many African Americans today are descended from all who saw Haiti as a guiding light.

Marvin T. Jones, a documentary photographer and filmmaker, is the executive Director of the Chowan Discovery Group, a research, documentation, preservation and presentation organization.  Among the CDG's accomplishments are five documentaries, seven North Carolina Highway Historical Markers, the funding of community organizations, a stage presentation, several articles, hosted conference panels, lectures and an award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.  Early in Marvin's career he documented Haitian forts for UNESCO. Please visit www.chowandiscovery.org.

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