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Scores of free blacks sail from New Orleans to begin a new life in Haiti

Fabre Geffrard, President of Haiti, 1859-1857, detail
01/15/1860
Eighty-one free blacks sailed from New Orleans on this day for a new life in Haiti as immigrants, the latest in a small surge of African-Americans who had taken up the offers coming from Haitian President Geffrard.  American colonization advocates, especially James Redpath, encouraged these approaches and helped organise the movement of hundreds of American free blacks to Haiti between 1859 and 1862.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 407. 
Willis D. Boyd, "James Redpath and American Negro Colonization in Haiti, 1860-1862," The Americas, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Oct., 1955): 169-182.

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