Here is a picture of haitian President Michel Martelly with Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume who is the current acting Prime Minister on day of heroes, 2015.
Haiti's fight for independence began with a slave revolt lasting ten years. The event that set off the revolution was a Voodoo ceremony, presided over by a Hougan priest named Boukman. Boukman, once a slave of British occupiers, was sold to a French plantation owner. Because of Boukman's intimidating appearance and terrifying temper, he was put in charge of the plantation slaves. But Boukman turned the tables by performing a Voodoo ceremony to empower the slaves to revolt against the French. On August 14, 1791, with the help of a Voodoo priestess, Boukman called upon God's help. The words he used have become part of Haiti's cultural lore.
Boukman first acknowledged God's great creation. He next acknowledged God's awareness of the war crimes perpetrated against the slaves. He finally invoked God's almighty power: "He will direct our arms, and stands beside us. Destroy the image of the white men's god . . ." Boukman ended with a rallying cry: "Listen to the voice of freedom rising in our heart." Once the French caught Boukman and executed him, the killing provoked the slave revolt.
This is a picture taken during on the day of Heroes in Haiti or January 2, 2015. Some of the people in this picture include President Michel Martelly, acting Prime minister, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume and current Prime Minister designated, Evans Paul, aka K-Plim.
Haiti celebrates its National Independence Day on January 1st. This year marks the 211th anniversary of Haiti's liberation as the first black-led republic in the world. Christopher Columbus first discovered Haiti and conferred the name Hispaniola on the entire island, which included the Dominican Republic on the eastern portion and Haiti the western. Later French colonists renamed Ayiti, Haiti.
Boisrond-Tonnerre, a French-Haitian author, wrote the Independence Act of Haiti, formally releasing Haiti from French rule. Born in the southwestern part of Haiti, he was sent to France to complete his studies.
He became Jean Jacques Dessalines' private secretary during his reign as Haiti's first ruler. Boisrond-Tonnerre also authored a book on the Haitian Revolution, titled Memoires pour Servir à l'Histoire d'Haiti. His name, Tonnerre, means thunder because he survived being struck by a lightening bolt as a baby.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the Father of Haitian independence was born in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord
Grande-Rivière-du-Nord is the place where Haiti's slave rebellion began, and it was the site of Grade Rivière du Nord Battle.
During U.S. Occupation between 1915-1934, a rebellion was led by resistance fighter Charlemagne Peralte.
The town contains many attributes. It possesses virgin forestland, produces clean mountain-spring drinking water, and participates in agricultural production.
But its infrastructure is not completely developed with bad roads, and absence of an airport. Projects for the town's urbanization are currently in the works.
Here is the Place where Charlemagne Péralte remains have been rested since the end of the US occupation in 1935. Although he couldn't receive a proper funeral during the occupation, a national funeral was accorded to him later.
The official funeral of the Haitian hero, the leader of the Caco rebel fighter, Charlemagne Péralte, was held in Cap-Haitian and attended by the President of Haiti, Sténio Vincent