House of Negritude and Human Rights in Champagney (Haute-Saône)

“The inhabitants and community of Champagney cannot think of the ills being suffered by Negroes in the colonies without feeling a stabbing pain in their hearts..."
Article 29 of the register of grievances of the inhabitants of Champagney of 19 March 1789

The House of Negritude and Human rights owes its name to the former president of the Republic of Senegal, Léopold Senghor, committed defender of the Negritude movement, which granted him patronage in 1971.

This place of memory around the slavery of the blacks was created in 1971 by a "Champagnerot" passionate in local history, René Simonin  (1911/1980), who exhumed from the departmental archives of Haute-Saône the only text of its kind: article 29 of the register of grievances of Champagney in which the inhabitants of this modest village demanded the abolition of the slavery of the blacks as early as 1789.

The House of Negritude is also a place of reflection on the latest human rights violations in general and the persistence of slavery in particular.

Places of interest in Champagney:
• House of Negritude and Human Rights
• Church of Champagney and painting of the wise men
• Human Rights stele
• House of Jacques Antoine Priqueler (no visit)
• Many streets and buildings have names related to the history of the Vow of Champagney, such as the Victor Schoelcher College

Opening dates and hours:
• 1st April to 30th June and 1st September to 31st October: Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.
• 1st July to 31st August: Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.
• 1st November to 31st March: Tuesday to Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. By appointment in the morning for groups from Tuesday to Friday.
• Closed on 1/05, 1/11, 11/11 and during the Christmas holidays.
Guided tours are organised Friday at 4pm and by appointment for groups.

• Individual adults: 3,50 €
• Individual 10/16 years old: 1 €
• Groups of adults (from 10 people): 2 €
• School groups from 10 years old: 1 € (free of charge for accompanying persons)