sanite belair


Hidden Figures: Sanité Bélair #BlackHERstoryMonth 4/28

Day 4 of ‘Hidden Figures’ brings us Sanité Bélair, also known as 'The Tigress of Haiti.’ Originally born as Suzanne, Sanité later changed her name and served as a sergeant and then lieutenant in the Haitian uprising against the French, along with her husband, General Charles Bélair. Saint Bélair was born a free person of color (afranchi) in L’Artibonite, Haiti, and joined the rebel brigade to ensure that her homeland received it’s independence and ended French colonial rule. She and her husband led the uprising of almost the entire enslaved population of L’Artibonite against their enslavers, one of many successful rebellions that ultimately resulted in Haiti becoming the only nation where the enslaved were able to successfully overthrow the rule of their captors, form a new state free from slavery, and govern themselves.

As a revolutionary and freedom fighter, Sanité Bélair has been officially recognized by the Haitian Government as a National Heroine of Haiti, and in 2004, she was featured on the 10 gourde banknote of the Haitian gourde for the “Bicentennial of Haiti” Commemorative series. She is the only the second woman ever to be depicted on a Haitian banknote.

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“As a real Black [Afrikan] man, my only option as a mate is the Black [Afrikan] woman, and I have no reservations about that. I know my duties are to provide for and protect my Black [Afrikan] family. When my abilities to perform my duties are compromised, I do my best to not put the entire burden on the Black [Afrikan] woman. As a Black [Afrikan] man I know the Black [Afrikan] woman is not my enemy.”
~ Omowale Mayasa
Painting of Suzanne Belair & husband; mostly known as Sanite Belair, was one of the few female soldiers who fought during the Haitian Revolution. History fails to keep much about her early life, but it is believed by many credible historians, that, Sanite Belaire was born in 1781, in what is now known as “L'Artibonite”

Sanite, and her husband Charles Belair, are responsible for the uprising of almost the entire slaves population of L'Artibonite, against their masters.

Unsuccessful, they both got captured by the french soldiers, on October 5th 1802, and received the death sentence. Her by decapitation and her husband by firing squad. She refused to die by decapitation and demanded to be executed just like her husband, whom she just bravely watched being shot to death by a couple of French soldiers. Now it was Sanite turn. She kept both her eyes opened, and as they were firing. She shouted to the slaves who of course were forced to watch the scene, in attempt to dispel the Revolution idea.

anonymous asked:


the profile pic is Sanite Belair a Haitian General during the war of independence

she is on our 2 dollar bill she is one of the many woman general, spies , priestess in the army , unfortunately unlike the men we don’t have a lot of information on these women only have their names