The Haitian Revolution began during the late night and early morning hours between August 22nd and 23rd, 1791.

When the revolution ended twelve years later, Haiti would emerge as the second republic in the western hemisphere. Not only did Toussaint l'Ouverture, a former enslaved worker and a leader of the Revolution, prove himself as a charismatic and capable leader, but the Haitian revolution was the only slave uprising to result in the founding of a state free from enslavement and controlled by non-whites. It was a seminal moment in the fight against chattel slavery and racism.

In 1998 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the rough starting date of the Haitian Revolution as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. It commemorates a significant turning point in the struggle against oppression. Therefore, it is a good day to educate yourself and others about enslavement, past and present.

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Forms of Abolition:

Forms of Slavery:
Forced Labor, Child Labor, Domestic Servitude