23 MARCH 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—On 06 January 2007, the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC celebrated the 203rd anniversary of Haiti’s independence, which also marks the birth of the first independent black nation and the only nation ever formed from a successful slave revolt. Penn Museum’s Publications Department, in cooperation with photographer Andrea Baldeck, donated 500 copies of Baldeck’s book The Heart of Haiti for distribution at the four-day gala. The book is a collection of 50 black and white tritone prints of photographs that Baldeck took while visiting Haiti several times in the 1980s and 90s. Baldeck’s first experience of Haiti was as a volunteer physician at the Valley’s Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in 1981. Moved by the resilience of its people, she returned as a photographer in the mid-90’s and provided both Creole and English translations of Haitian proverbs to accompany her photographs.
The books were a welcome addition at the Haitian Embassy’s celebration. Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Duly Brutus, Haiti’s Ambassador to the OAS and Daniel Dorsainvil, Haiti’s Minister of Finance, signed copies of The Heart of Haiti for attendees to take with them. Event organizer Lola Poisson, wife Ambassador Raymond Joseph, distributed the book to the children at the events and took these pictures of guests enjoying the museum’s gift.
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