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The Vichy regime had toppled the original statue erected in his honour, unable to come to terms with the fact that one of the nationís military heroes was born
a slave in Haiti, and chose to bear his black motherís family name over that of his French-born father.
The vanished statue had taken almost seventy years to replace, a new monument celebrating general Dumas having been inaugurated a month previously.
It represented a massive pair of broken slave irons.