Belley, Jean-Baptiste

Free person of color, deputy, 1746 ou 1747 - 1805

Jean-Baptiste Belley (1747-1805), Deputy from Saint-Dominique at the Convention

Belley, Jean-Baptiste: Born on Gorée island, Belley was deported as a slave to the island of Saint Domingue. In 1777, he enlisted with the French troops who were allied with American revolutionaries and obtained his emancipation. In 1793, he was an elected representative of Saint Domingue and was a member of the delegation that, on February 4, 1794, forced the deputies to vote on the abolition of slavery. After returning to Saint Domingue, he died in 1805 on Belle Ile where he had been placed on house arrest.

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