Place Victor Schoelcher and Toussaint Louverture in Massy

In 1989, in honour of the bicentenary of the French Revolution, a square in the town of Massy (Ile-de-France) was renamed after Victor Schoelcher, the French abolitionist and father of the decree that abolished slavery on 28th April 1848. Also inaugurated in the square was a statue of Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian revolutionary who lead Haiti to freedom and independence against France and its system of slavery in 1804 to make Haiti the first black republic. These two commemorative spaces were created at the behest of the association Centre d’Information, Formation, Recherche et Développement pour les Originaires d’Outre-Mer (Cifordom). The inauguration was attended by French Guyanese politician, Gaston Monnerville, who was the former President of the Council of the Republic and President of the Senate. Each year, a ceremony is held in honour of Toussaint Louverture in the Place Victor Schoelcher. 

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1989CE Sep
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A square was renamed after Victor Schoelcher and a statue of Toussaint Louverture was inaugurated