Tante Toya: Haiti’s own “Woman King” who trained Dessalines

Tante Toya: Haiti’s own “Woman King” who trained Dessalines

Woman King

The Haitian Times 
www.haitiantimes.com
By Rachel Cassagnol

BROOKLYN – Earlier this month, Haitian historian Bayyinah Bello made a stop here for another edition of the Sheroes book tour. This time, Bello discussed The Woman King, the new film about an all-woman army starring Viola Davis, and its similarities to Haiti’s own fierce female warrior, Agbaraya Toya — commonly called Tante Toya of Gran Toya.

Bello, a professor and founder of Fondasyon Felicitee, imparted knowledge about this warrior to a convivial crowd at Grandchamps restaurant. The Nov. 4 gathering was organized by Frantz Derenoncourt Jr., publisher of the Sheroes title under Thorobred Books

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