Henri Grégoire

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Portrait of Abbé Grégoire
Henri Grégoire (December 4, 1750 Vého, Lorraine - May 20, 1831 Paris, France), (known in French as Abbé Grégoire) was a French Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary leader and constitutional bishop of Blois, a French city in the Loire valley between Orléans and Tours.

In October 1789, Grégoire took a great interest in emancipation after meeting Julien Raimond, an affranchis planter from Saint-Domingue who was trying to win admission to the Constituent Assembly as a representative of his class. He published numerous pamphlets and later, books, on the subject of racial equality and became a influential member of the Society of the Friends of the Blacks, of which he became the president in 1790. It was on Grégoire's motion in May 1791 that the Constituent Assembly passed its first law admitting some wealthy free men of colour in the French colonies to the same rights as whites. Grégoire also advocated for Jews in French society.

In 1889 Grégoire published his Mémoire en faveur des gens de couleur ou sang-melés de St.-Domingue. (Hunt)


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