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Belley, Jean-Baptiste (Mars)
[Caption Title:] Belley, de Saint-Domingue représentant du peuple, a ses collégues. [6 fructidor an II.]
(Paris): Imprimerie de Pain, 1794. First edition. Published unbound. Foxing throughout. Overall in good condition.. First edition. Published unbound. 7, (1) p. Statement of Belley, the first black deputy of the French National Convention, respecting the affairs of Saint-Domingue on August 23, 1794. Jean-Baptiste Belley (1747-1805) was born in Senegal, and as a child transported to Saint-Domingue where he overcame slavery by buying his own freedom. He served in the French army and became one of the representatives from Saint-Domingue of the French National Convention in 1793 thus becoming the first black deputy to take a seat in the Convention and an active spokesman for people of colour. His famous portrait as a Convention member, with a tropical landscape behind him and a bust of the philosopher Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, the supporter of the abolition of slavery, was painted by Anne-Louis Girondet in 1797. Sabin 4546.
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