Portrait Of Toussaint Louverture

François-Domenica de Bréda, known as Toussaint de Bréda, was born on 20th May 1743 in an important dwelling owned by Pantaléon I de Bréda.

As de Bréda was his slave master's name, he later changed it to "L'ouverture"; a French word which means The Opening, as he has the ability to develop smart strategies to defeat his rivals.

Toussaint Louverture, a renowned hero, once stated that "It is not the liberty of circumstances, conceded to us alone, that we wish; it is the adoption absolute of the principle that no man, born red, black or white, can be the property of his fellow man."

Concerning the principle quoted above, ignorance about the adverse effects of racism is eating up the true essence of human existence as the world neither understands nor takes into consideration that all human beings in this universe are created equal. Regardless of skin colour or tribe, everyone should coexist as a single cohesive entity.

Heroes from history a couple of centuries ago played an essential role in making the world a better place through their revolutionary struggle against slavery and other human injustices. Their work of sacrifice and dedication has been highly acknowledged for making a more peaceful world a reality.

Toussaint Louverture (1743 - 1803) is one among these heroes. He made it clear through another of his quotes that he was a soldier who only feared God and was not afraid of men. Also, he stated that if it were necessary for him to die, he would die like a soldier who had nothing against himself. Toussaint dedicated most of his life to abolishing the slave trade in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), driven by his undying and unflinching desire to make his world and that of his coming generations as equable as possible. The realization of this feat makes him one of the greatest black men in history.

The following is a short Insight into Toussaint Louverture's life:
François-Domenica de Bréda, known as Toussaint de Bréda, was born on 20th May 1743 in an important dwelling owned by Pantaléon I de Bréda. He was the eldest son of Gaou Guinou, his father (once a slave from Benin-West Africa) and Pauline, his mother. Toussaint was Haitian by nationality and lived as a slave for practically 33 years working in farms. During his childhood, he had a nickname which was synonymous with small and weak, but little did anyone know that he would stand firm in advocating for human rights. As de Bréda was his slave master's name, he later changed it to "L'ouverture"; a French word which means The Opening, as he has the ability to develop smart strategies to defeat his rivals. Toussaint was betrayed and captured, then transferred to France at the request of Napoleon Bonaparte. He died in 1803 at Fort de Joux (France) where he had been incarcerated.

Here are some of Toussaint Louverture's life accomplishments:
Through his unending struggle to fight for human rights, Haiti eventually became a land free of slavery in 1804[1]. Following this, several resolutions also took place across the world:

• 29 Years later, in 1833, slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom [2]

• Slavery ended in France in 1848 - 44 years later [3]

• In 1863, the same happened in the United States - 59 years later [4]

Portrait Of Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture

As we celebrate the 28th edition of Black History Month this year, we want to share the history of Toussaint Louverture through our high-end customized portraits of him, printed on fine art canvas gallery wrapped on a stunning frame - ready to hang on your wall!

Toussaint Louverture's achievements are part of a great history which can greatly inspire many of us. For us, we have used this inspiration creatively in the design of a personalized portrait of this remarkable man, available to  purchase on a fine printed canvas gallery wrapped on a stunning frame - ready to hang on your wall!

It is however quite preposterous and unacceptable that even after such heroic acts, the slave trade still exists in the 21st century. Recently in 2017, the world was shaken to its very core amid reports of the ongoing slave trade in major cities of Libya. Young African people in search of greener pastures and better lives in European countries were pictured being auctioned for as little as $735 USD in the slave markets.[5]

It seems that the public does not clearly understand Toussaint Louverture's saying that: "By overthrowing me, only the trunk of the tree of freedom has been cut down in Santo Domingo, but it will grow back because its roots are deep and numerous." And for this reason, the statement we are all making today against slavery needs to be taken more seriously as slavery is a hideous and outdated societal blemish. When we say Black Lives Matter, we hope people will hear us and take the time to understand the main point of this movement, instead of screaming All Lives Matter. The goal here is not to lay blame or make anyone feel responsible for anything that happened in the past, we are simply using the occasion of Black History Month to make a clear statement against slavery, as success will be achieved in the positive changes you make in people's lives.

The life of Toussaint Louverture is for us an iconic statement against slavery that has a positive impact on our lives, and we are so amazed to see the following worldwide vital occurrences:

• In 2003, the International Airport of Port Au Prince, Haiti was named after Toussaint Louverture.

• The professional high school of Pontarlier in Franche-Comté near Fort de Joux is also named after him.

• A primary school in Clichy-la-Garenne also bears his name.

• A park in Montreal, Canada is also named after him.

• Several streets and avenues in cities such as Blainville-sur-Orne, Bobigny, Clermont-Ferrand, Lorient, Montpellier, Niort, Notre-Dame-d'Oe, Palaiseau, Poitiers, Saint-Brieuc and Saint-Denis in metropolitan France also bear his name.

• In 1983, Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born New York painter, created a portrait of Louverture in his monumental work 'Toussaint Louverture vs. Savonarola'.

• On April 11, 2009, in Paris, an inscription in honour of Toussaint was engraved on a wall in the crypt of the Pantheon, commemorating his fight for the abolition of slavery.

• On April 15, 2008, a commemorative plaque and a square in the city center of Nantes were designed in memory of Toussaint Louverture.

• Finally, in Bordeaux, a bust of Toussaint Louverture was inaugurated in June 2005 on the Right Bank opposite the Chartrons district, which was the city's main slave trade center.

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As we celebrate the 28th edition of Black History Month this year, we want to share the history of Toussaint Louverture through our high-end customized portraits of him, printed on fine art canvas gallery wrapped on a stunning frame - ready to hang on your wall! Digital portraits are also available. This illustrated portrait of Toussaint Louverture is meant to commemorate his position against slavery and racism on the wall of your favourite place at home.

This illustration is a creation of Nicolas-Eustache Maurin and François Delpech, and revamped by  a.men | PORTRAIT®. The a.men team aims to remind us all of the need to speak out loudly and powerfully against the evils of slavery and racism in all societies during this 28th edition of Black History Month.

In conclusion, we hope this illustration would be a great gift to all those who actively support and advocate for human freedom and justice. The slave trade is a sad story that many shy away from discussing, but for those of us who don't want anyone to live such experiences again, we must not forget it. Based on the tragic black slave trade history, we tried to shine a clear spotlight on Toussaint Louverture's story which is an inspiration for everyone to always stand for justice and equality for all human beings. For us, he was one of the most iconic figures in that struggle, and we hope  this portrait of him will be of significant meaning to all who embrace the efforts of Toussaint Louverture, and to those who would love to discover him out of their passion for the history of fighting for human rights.


[1] http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/slave-route/resistances-and-abolitions/toussaint-louverture/
[2] https://www.britannica.com/topic/Slavery-Abolition-Act
[3] http://www.europe1.fr/emissions/aujourd-hui-dans-l-histoire/27-avril-1848-labolition-de-lesclavage-en-france-3312701
[4] http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/slavery-abolished-in-america
[5] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42492687

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