The Age of Enlightenment and enlightened villagers

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The Age of Enlightenment and enlightened villagers

XVIII Century

La Maison de la Négritude

Flashback to the 19th March 1789, and the eve of the French revolution, when the inhabitants of the small village of Champagney came together in front of the town hall to present a unique text that condemned slavery. This was Article 29 of their list of grievances: « the inhabitants of Champagney cannot imagine the woes that the Negroes in the colonies are suffering without our hearts feeling the deepest pain… ». We can feel the full visionary force of this act at the Maison de la Négritude, a museum that was sponsored by Léopold Sedar Senghor and a stop-off along the Abolitionists Route.

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