GEORGE AUGUSTUS LOCKWARD STAMERS

George A. Lockward, my Grandfather

This film is inspired by the work of George Augusts Lockward Stamers , my grandfather, Historia del Protestantismo en Dominicana (1976), on the history of the Protestant church in the island of Hispaniola immediately after the Haitian Revolution. Lockward Stamers approaches the role played by the African Methodist Episcopal Church from the perspective of the new notions of citizenship established by the Haitian Constitution of 1805, which determined that all citizens were officially considered Black. By deafult, during the Haitian government of Jean-Pierre Boyer that covered also the part of the island orginally colonized by the Spaniards, which today is known as the Dominican Republic, the first time that Dominicans learned the notion of citizenship it was in relation to Blackness as a political category.

 

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