Free People of Color get Involved in the Revolution
On November 14, 1789, more than 75 women and men, known as “free people of color,” gathered together on the Place Dauphine, in the home of the lawyer Lefébure de Saint-Maur. Some of them were rich and even slave owners, like Julien Raimond, while others were educated, like Xavier de La Buy, a surgical student. However, they were all discriminated against due to their skin color. Calling themselves, the “American colonists,” their members included four women. Their petition was clear: they requested to be represented in the National Assembly, like white colonists. It was the beginning of their revolution.
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