Jean-Jacques Dessalines's Statue was vandalized on Nov. 5, 2020.
A crumbled statue of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Cap Haitien after a vandal pushed it on Nov. 5, 2020.

A vandal knocked down a statue of Jean-Jacques Dessalines at La Place de Notre-Dame du Cap-Haitien Thursday, smashing the historic monument.

Multiple residents said the suspect, Lucien Calixte, suffers from a mental illness. When officials interrogated him, the 40-year-old struggled to answer or give a motive.

Other historic sites and monuments have been vandalized in the Northern Department of late. The Catholic Church of Milot, which served as the Royal Chapel during King Henry Christophe’s reign, was set on fire last April. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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