Florvil Hyppolite

Florvil Hyppolite was the President of Haiti from 1889 – 1896. During part of Hyppolite’s presidency Frederick Douglass was the U.S. Minister to his country. Douglass attempted some difficult negotiations with Hyppolite’s government in order to secure a military presence for the U.S. on Haiti. These deals fell through. Regardless, Hyppolite respected Douglass and later put him in charge of the Haitian Pavilion for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

“Hyppolite, wrote the minister [Douglass], was a man of ‘medium height, of dark brown complexion and gray hair. He has a well-balanced head, a clear steady eye, a calm temper and high intelligence.’ He was ‘evidently a man not to be trifled with.’”[1]

Florvil Hyppolite died on March 24, 1896 at the age of 67. His remains were placed in a memorial to him near the town of Cotes-de-Fer, Haiti. Where exactly in Cotes-de-Fer, this memorial stands in unknown at this time. This pin merely marks Cotes-de-Fer.

GPS coordinates for Cotes-de-Fer: 18.187971, -73.003009

[1] David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018), 696.

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