Henri Grégoire

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Henri Grégoire (December 4, 1750 - May 20, 1831), (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. 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.


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