The Haitian flag is a symbol of pride for many Haitians. Some flaunt the flag, tattoo it on their bodies but may not be aware of its history or the full meaning behind the symbol.
Come now, Haiti History 101 pupils, how many of these did you know?
10. The woman who sew it together was Catherine Flon.
9. It was sewn together on May 18, 1803 in the city of Archaie [come on, you can say it: Ar-kai-yeah]. “Pour le Drapeau” (For the Flag), Haiti’s national anthem was written 100 years later by Justin Lhérisson with music by Nicolas Geffrard. No, not that one; another Nicolas Geffrard.
8. Historians have maintained that the former slaves of Haiti shredded out the white of the flag so that the blue and red could come together, symbolizing the unity of the mulatto class of Haiti with the “full-blooded” blacks.