On October 9th, a group of Haitians from South Florida traveled to Savannah, Georgia to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Haitian Memorial Monument. The monument is dedicated to “Les Chasseurs Volontaires De Saint-Domingue,” more than 500 Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War’s bloody siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779.
The three trip included a parade to Franklin Square to visit the monument, a visit to Savannah City Hall to learn more about the Haitian influence and meet the elected officials who described the experience and answered questions about the Siege of Savannah in 1779
On Saturday, October 10, the group traveled to the Savannah Downtown District to attend and take part in the Haitian Heritage Caribbean Fest. The festival was hosted by Haitian-American rapper and Haitian enthusiast Mecca known on social networks as @MeccaAkaGrimo. Mecca and a host of Haitian artist performed and entertained the guest throughout the day.
On Sunday, October 11, the group board the bus and headed to St. Augustine, the oldest city in Florida to visit General George Biassou’s home. General George Biassou was a Haitian General in charge of the Spanish Army. The day continued with a boat ride to explore more Haitian History at Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine.
Thanks to Mecca’s social networks we had a front seat to all the happenings during the tour.
Mecca performing poem “Haiti was born in me” at the Haitian Cultural Reception during the tour.
A few Instagram videos of Mecca’s experience in Georgia. Visit his page for more pictures and videos.