Pont-Rouge, Haiti

Pont-Rouge, Haiti

The monument in remembrance of Haiti's founding father, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, is in a state of ruin that has raised the ire of youths who are unwilling to join the ranks of those who have forgotten the man's immense, indispensable efforts towards freedom for their country. He became emperor in 1804 after leading the Haiti Massacre on the minority white population that ruled the country and was responsible for 3,000 to 5,000 deaths. He was later assassinated in 1806. The Haitian people are looking to the government to rid the monument of all the trash and grotesqueries, bringing it back to the honorable state it should be in.

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