Performance: Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Performance: Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt

I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man. —Toussaint L’Ouverture 

The leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint L’Ouverture inspired playwright C. L. R. James to tell the story of L’Ouverture’s meteoric rise from carriage driver to charismatic military general. This staged reading, presented as a program of the current exhibition Haiti’s Revolution in Art: Jacob Lawrence’s Toussaint L’Ouverture Series, is organized and adapted by Vincent Hardy, actor and theatre director, St. Philip’s College.

Image credit: Jacob Lawrence, General Toussaint L’Ouverture from Toussaint L’Ouverture, 1986. Silkscreen. The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts. © 2017 Jacob Lawrence / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York