Profile: Garnier Family 

Alexandre Garnier and his wife Ella immigrated to Haiti in August, 1795. Alexandre needed a change of scenery and saw an opportunity in Haiti with sugar production. Alexandre started as a laborer and spent his free time getting a Liberal education, studying the literature of the bourgeois class. In just 2 years, Alexandre left an impression upon his superiors as he was a man of taste. Alexandre was promoted to General Manager of the MUSÉE CANNE À SUCRE plantation in Port-Au-Prince. Alexandre hated slavery and he hated the Family Senior Representative of the plantation, Andre Beaumont, even though he pretended to like him. Alexandre donated part of his income to abolitionist activists on the colony and lobbied the governor to end slavery. Alexandre befriended black slaves on the plantation, taught them how to use weapons and joked about killing white laborers with them. Alexandre and his wife scoffed at and ridiculed the white commoners who often made casually racist remarks and inartful jokes about blacks. They privately slandered Beaumont as an evil racist and Alexandre had visions of freeing all the slaves on the plantation were he to ever take full control.  

Alexandre impregnated his wife in late June of 1803. They were so excited. They were going to have a baby boy. However that was cut short in March of 1804. A group of soldiers arrived at the door of the Garnier family under the orders of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Alexandre questioned the soldiers on whether there was a misunderstanding and pleaded to them to take mercy on his family as he was someone who was on their side. This fruitless attempt at salvation was all for naught as Alexandre was savagely beheaded with an axe and his wife was gang-raped by 4 black soldiers and then murdered after a blow to her 9 months pregnant stomach.  

It is said that the ghosts of the Garnier family haunt the souls of White visitors to Haiti on humanitarian missions nowadays. However that may just be folklore.  

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