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The Bibliothèque Schoelcher: a Library For All | Parting Shot

Martinique’s Bibliothèque Schoelcher is a storehouse of history in more ways than one

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Overlooking the Place de la Savane, the ornate Bibliothèque Schoelcher is Fort-de-France’s main public library, and a monument to the nineteenth-century French abolitionist Victor Schoelcher, who left his personal collection of books to Martinique on condition that it was open to everyone — including the formerly enslaved whose freedom he had campaigned to secure.