bois caiman

Our God...

“The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that sings in all our hearts.”

-Speech by Boukman given at the Bois Caiman ceremony before the Haitian revolution.

Nicole Jean-Louis, ‘Bwa Kayiman’

August 14, 1791 Vodou priest and enslaved worker Dutty Boukman leads a group of representatives from the enslaved population in La Cap in a ceremony and planning meeting. This meeting would launch the Haitian Revolution - the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state free from slavery and ruled by former captives.