Free People of Color Speak Out
On August 29, 1789, approximately thirty free people of color residing in Paris got together for the first time here in the lawyer Joly’s offices. Discriminated against due to their skin color, they were free, but not recognized as citizens. Using the name “American colonists,” the group, either from Saint-Domingue, Martinique or Guadeloupe, drew up a list of grievances, i.e. a list of demands, in order to specifically request equal rights. However, they would not obtain these rights until 1792.
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