Celebrate People's History Poster

June 17, 2010

I've been a fan of the Celebrate People's History posters, and Justseeds since I moved to Portland in 2000, and since then I've had the privilege of being able to contribute to the series. I had been reading the Black Jacobins (which is a fantastic book not only about the revolution, but about the slave trade and the history of the french colony of Saint Domingue) and decided it was definitely what I wanted to draw. It was ripe with emotions and fantastic visuals. My favorite part of this image is the slicing of the French tricolor, how they very literally took the white out of the flag, to create their own.

Because of the way printing works and printing costs, I finished this drawing 3 months before the disaster happened in Port-au-Prince, and it's printed now. My new hope for this image is just to serve as a reminder of what an amazing history Haiti has, their triumphs and incredible sacrifices to obtain their freedom, and how important it is to help the people now, and not to forget them as more and more tragedies keep erupting all around the world.

You can buy the poster here. It's my second attempt at doing a print with 2 colors and getting as much out of it as possible. 

Aaron Renier
The Haitian Revolution

Beginning in 1791 and lasting through 1804, the Haitian Revolution was the only slave revolt in the "New World" to turn into a full blown revolution, and lead the the formation of the first Black republic. One of the main leaders of the revolution was Toussaint L'Ouverture, a former slave, who is pictured in the poster.

2-color offset printed poster
11" x 17"
Unlimited edition


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