The Château de Joux-Toussaint Louverture in Pontarlier (Doubs)
“By overthrowing me, only the trunk of the Tree of the Freedom of the Black has been cut down in Santo Domingo, it will grow back by the roots because they are deep and numerous”
Toussaint Louverture, Santo Domingo on 12 June 1802.
In the heart of the Jura Massif, at the Swiss border, the Fort de Joux holds the remains of Toussaint Louverture, leader of the insurrection of the slaves of Santo Domingo, initiator of the first abolition of slavery and precursor of independence of Haiti, first black republic. Locked up by order of Bonaparte, he died there on 7 April 1803.
Things to see at the Fort de Joux:
. Cell of Toussaint Louverture
. Bust of Toussaint Louverture
. Memorial Toussaint Louverture (outside the castle)
- Opening dates and hours:
The castle is only accessible on guided tour (no free visits).
. From 8 July to 3 September, reception open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm. First visit at 10am, last departure at 5.30pm. 12 visit departures per day.
. From 1 April to 7 July and from 4 September to 5 November, reception open every day from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4.30pm. Visit departure at 10.30am, 11.15am, 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4pm.
. Winter closure: from 6 November to 31 March.