Memorial Service for Anthropologist Antenor Firmin
- Monday, September 19, 2011 12:08 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A memorial service will be held on Monday in Cap Haitien on the 100th anniversary of the death of Antenor Firmin, an anthropologist, journalist and politician who wrote the renowned work, "Essay on the Inequality of Human Races."
The ceremony will be marked by a memorial service at the Cathedral of Cap Haitien and a period of meditation at the tomb of Antenor Firmin.
Subsequently the bust of Firmin, created by artist Ludovic Booz, will be unveiled. Followed by a floral offering.
In addition, the director of the National Institute for Heritage Preservation (ISPAN), Daniel Elie, will present on the occasion of this centenary, the proposed restoration of the house of Antenor Firmin.
Joseph Antenor Firmin was born on October 18 1850 in Cap Haitien and died on September 19 1911. Firmin pioneered the integration of race and physical anthropology and may be the first black anthropologist. His work was recognized not only in Haiti but also among scholars of Africans as an early work of nÃ©gritude. He had an impact on Jean Price-Mars, the founder of Haitian ethnology and on American anthropologist Melville Herskovits.
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