Toussaint-Louverture was considered to be the father of the Haitian Revolution even though he was not alive to see Haiti become free. He grew up as a slave but when the uprising started in 1791 he became a secretary to Georges Biassou, one the the early leaders of the slave rebels. When Biassou died, Toussaint was commander and fought against the the French and Spanish royalists. When the French government decided to abolish slavery, Toussaint switched sides and then went on the fight british invaders and haitian rebels. He become governor-general and made a big setback, by making the former slaves do mandatory labor. Toussaint became a symbol during the African Diaspora for freedom for blacks.
Vincent Ogé and Jean-Baptiste Chavannes
Vincent Oge and Jean-Baptiste Chavannes were two free black men who rebeled in 1790 to get civil rights for free blacks. Their movement didn't last long and they were executed. Other leaders like them, continued to fight for civil rights throughout the revolution and these two men were a good inspiration for the others.