The Last Home of Olympe de Gouges
In 1793, the woman of letters Olympe de Gouges and the author of the Declaration of the Rights of Women (1791), was threatened in her home on rue Saint-Honoré. Her monarchist opinions were considered to be more and more controversial during this time of civil war. She then discretely moved into the apartment owned by her servant Justine Thomas and the printer Longuet, located on the rue de Harlay. There, she wrote her political testament: a text in which she took a stand against the repression being doled out to opponents of the regime. However, the neighborhood around the Revolutionary Tribunal was very well monitored. On July 20th, she was arrested in front of the gates of the courthouse. She was executed on the following November 3rd, becoming, much later, a heroine of the first feminists.
Rue Harlay, at the corner of the Quai de l’Horloge