Place Victor Schoelcher and Toussaint Louverture (Massy)

Address: 
Place Victor Schoelcher
91300 Massy
France
Telephone: 
International: +33 1 69 30 72 84; National: 01 69 30 72 84
Management type: 
State-run
Type: 
Statues
Site overview: 
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 28 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 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.
Keywords: 
Commemoration
Emancipation
Haiti
Memorial project