Haiti: Martelly Salutes Heroes of Independence at MUPANAH

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( - On Monday, President Michel Martelly visited the National Pantheon Museum of Haiti (MUPANAH) to salute the heroes of Haitian independence on Haiti's Ancestor's Day.

Accompanied by the First Lady Sophia Martelly, Prime Minister Garry Conille, the president laid a wreath and toured the museum that holds artifacts, images and documents of Haitian history.

"The important thing is not to come and lay wreaths, but to think about the meaning of their struggle," said the president.

The last record of the president visiting the museum was on the day of his inauguration. After swearing into the office of president, it is customary to take a tour of the museum.

The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien was opened in 1983. This cultural center is to perpetuate and disseminate the memory of "Fathers of the Nation".

One of its main missions is to participate in heritage conservation and dissemination of national culture. The MUPANAH is an institution whose function is the conservation, protection and enhancement of historical and cultural heritage.

The museum traces Taínos, Spanish, and a section dedicated to the heroes of independence including the silver gun with which Henri Christophe committed suicide and the bell used to announce the independence.

It also contains chains of slavery, torture instruments, sculptures and temporary exhibitions of paintings. Another curiosity, the anchor of the Caravel of Christopher Columbus, the Santa María (ship) measuring 4 meters high.

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