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US City Considers Monument to Haitian Soldiers

Haitian soldiers who helped the United States fight for independence from Britain in the Revolutionary War may soon get a monument in their honor in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia.

Officials in the city of Savannah are considering a proposal by the non-profit Haitian American Historical Society to erect a bronze monument in the city.

The Society says the monument will represent the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue, a regiment of soldiers who were free men of color from Haiti. The group says the men were part of the American army unit that fought to drive the British from the coastal city in 1779.

Interim Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue is scheduled to meet with potential monument donors in Savannah Saturday when he returns from Rome, where he attended Pope John Paul the Second's funeral.

Some information for this report provided by AP.