the first black republic in the new world, January 1,
the name of freedom and humanity, today I am not a slave nor
are the people of South America. In 1815 Simon Bolivar took
refuge in Haiti’s southern territories. He asked President
Alexandre Petion of Haiti to help him liberate South America
from slavery. President Petion requested that Bolivar free
all the slaves in the countries he planned to liberate, then
gave him all materials necessary and allowed him to recruit
his battalion of Haitian soldiers and freedom fighters.
they loaded their ships and sailed to South America . Upon
arriving on shore, Bolivar took the Haitian Flag from the ship
and planted it on the ground. The Haitians told Bolivar he
could not plant the flag because the people of South America
may mistaken it as a Haitian invasion. Simon Bolivar ripped
out the center white part of the flag, took his yellow bandana
off from around his head and sewed it on top of the blue and
red. This created a new flag of red, blue and yellow for the
countries they came to liberate. As a direct result of their
actions, independence was won in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru,
Ecuador, and Bolivia.
when you see any country in South America with the red, blue
and yellow horizontally on top of one another, you’ll
now know where it came from. It was that same spirit of freedom
that brought the Haitians to fight in the liberation war in
Savannah, Georgia to liberate America from Great Britain.
this painting (the flag) I added the sun as a symbol of light
and energy. The two veve on the left and the right represent
love and compassion within our great culture (vodou). It is
now time for we the Haitian people to utilize positivity in
Love and Compassion forever. May the Divine’s energy
manifest positively through us and Haiti shall be blessed.