Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, announces that the Center of research and restoration of the museums of France will ensure in Port-au-Prince the restoration of the painting "Oaths of ancestors", painted in 1822 by Guillaume Guillon Lethière who was found by French firefighters in the ruins of the residential palace of the Haitian capital.

The "Oath of Ancestors", painted in 1822 by Guillaume Guillon Lethière, is
a highly symbolic picture for Haitians and for democracy.
Offered to the young Republic of Haiti by the painter born in Guadeloupe of a
father colon and a slave mother, and since sheltered by the presidential palace, he
represents the meeting between the black general Jean-Jacques Dessalines,
lieutenant of Toussaint Louverture, and the chief of the mulattos of Saint-
Dominique, Alexandre Pétion. This meeting marked the beginning of the process
which led to the independence of Haiti in 1804.
Although the chassis was twisted and the canvas was subjected to large
tears, its restoration remains possible. Frédéric Mitterrand therefore decided
entrust this work to the Museum Research and Restoration Centre
of France, a specialized department of the French Ministry of
works for having restored it a first time in its workshops at the Louvre
in 1998.
«Culture is the foundation of Haiti» said the Haitian writer recently
Dany Laferrière. Driven by the same spirit and driven by the same values,
Today, the Minister is carrying out this first act that
France’s deep attachment to this friendly country.