Vintage Haiti: President Franklin D. Roosevelt & Haitian President Sténio Vincent

According to HaitianHistoryTumblr

On July 5, 1934 – American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (right) visits Haitian president Sténio Vincent (left) in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. (Original Image Credit)

As part of the new Good Neighbour Policy, Franklin D. Roosevelt toured various Latin American states, including Haiti in July 1934. Roosevelt was the first serving American President to do so. The meeting between the two men was also to serve the basis for an “elegant” departure of U.S. Marines from Haiti, and therefore to put a peaceful end to the 19-years Occupation the country. (* The picture above was most likely taken three days later, on July 8, 1934.)

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Marie Laveau: The Mysterious Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

marie-laveauI’ve never really done any real research on Voodoo, and although I tell myself I don’t believe in it, I know it exist. I hardly ever post stories about Voodoo but I really found the story of Marie Laveau very interesting. I visited New Orleans last year and images of voodoo were very hard to ignore with so much emphasis being place on it throughout the city.

According to KreolMagazine

Voodoo is one of many things New Orleans is famous for. Many tourists travel from all over to New Orleans to experience this mysticism, to buy voodoo dolls and potions, and to hear strange stories of possessions and curses. One of the most enduring stories related to the New Orleans voodoo culture is that of Marie Laveau, New Orleans very own voodoo queen.

Though she has been dead for more than a century, Marie’s legend lives on. Until today, there are some who claim she still holds power over the city.

Not much is known about Marie Laveau. There are many so stories here and there about this mysterious woman that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

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This is Jacmel, Haiti

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According to KreolMagazine,

Jacmel was founded in 1868 by French colonists and is now internationally acclaimed for its vibrant art scene. The town plays host to large numbers of tourist who visit Haiti for its effective tranquility, colourful painted buildings and rich cultural events. Jacmel is also known as the birthplace of many famous Haitian painters and poets and is the home to thriving cigar and coffee industries.

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Edmonia Lewis: The first professional Haitian-American and Native-American Sculptor

Source: Wikipedia

Edmonia Lewis earned critical praise for work that explored religious and classical themes.
Edmonia Lewis was born on July 4, 1844, in Greenbush, New York, which is now the city of Rensselaer.Her father was Haitian of African descent, while her mother was of Mississauga Ojibwe and African-American descent. Lewis’s mother was known as an excellent weaver and craftswoman.Her family background inspired Lewis in her later work. When Lewis was about nine years old, both of her parents died within a year of each other. Lewis and her older brother, Samuel, were taken in and lived with their mother’s sisters for the next three years. Lewis and her aunts sold Ojibwe baskets and other crafts to tourists visiting Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Buffalo.
According to Biography:
Her first notable commercial success was a bust of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Sales of copies of the bust allowed her to sail to Rome, Italy, where she mastered working in marble. She quickly achieved success as a sculptor. The circumstances of her death, which occurred circa 1911, are unclear.

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Haitian Descendant Of Joseph Laroche “Only Black & Haitian Man On Titanic” Speaks Out

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MARLIE ALBERTS and her 11-year-old daughter Malkiah are descendants of the only black man on the Titanic when the British luxury liner sank on April 14, 1912.

Two years ago, I remember reading and finding out that the only black family aboard the Titanic ship on April 10, 1912 was a Haitian Engineer name Joseph Lemercier Laroche and his family. I was so drawn to the family, I read everything I could find about it and missed this story. A year ago a story was published about a descendant of the Laroche family who said she is determined to keep the memory of her ancestors alive, giving them their rightful place in history and after reading this article, I hope she is able to get her family’s story on the big screen one day.

According to ClevalandBanner,

Marlie Alberts said she is a descendant of the Haitian-born, French-educated black man, Joseph Laroche, whose maiden voyage on the Titanic is well-documented but remains obscure to the general public. Laroche was traveling with his pregnant wife, Juliette Lafargue, and their two young daughters, Simonne and Louise. His wife and children survived the Titanic disaster, but Laroche did not. His body was never found.

Alberts said the true love story between her interracial ancestors on the doomed luxury liner would make for a thrilling and romantic fact-based drama that would restore her family’s rightful place in history and raise awareness about the plight in Haiti today — two missions she is committed to.

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Repost: “Today in Haitian History – July 1, 1915 – Americans arrive to Cap-Haïtien”

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Courtesy of: haitianhistory.tumblr.com

According to Haitian History

Today in Haitian History – July 1, 1915 – Americans arrive to Cap-Haïtien.

Led by Rear Admiral William Banks Caperton (image above) and with the declared aim of protecting American lives and property that were now endangered by the increasing violence in the Haitian government, American Marines seized control of Cap-Haïtien’s port.

Later the same month, following the (opportune) bloody assassination of Haitian president Guillaume Sam, US Marines embarked on a 19 years occupation of the country.

Haitians In The World Cup: Mysterious Fate of Haitian Futbol Player Joe “ti Joe” Gaetjens

One of the biggest shocks in World Cup history happened in 1950, when the US beat England, thanks to a goal scored by Haitian Joe Gaetjens. After Gaetjens returned to Haiti a hero, he later disappeared and was killed, possibly by the president himself.

One of the biggest shocks in World Cup history happened in 1950, when the US beat England, thanks to a goal scored by Haitian Joe Gaetjens. After Gaetjens returned to Haiti a hero, he later disappeared and was killed, possibly by the president himself. – Courtesy of BBCNews.

While digging and doing research on  Haitian athletes who have played in the world cup, I came across this interesting yet sad story about Joe Gaetjens, a legendary Haitian futbol player who disappeared and was killed after returning home to Haiti.

One of the biggest shocks in World Cup history happened in 1950, when the US beat England, thanks to a goal scored by Haitian Joe Gaetjens. After Gaetjens returned to Haiti a hero, he later disappeared and was killed, possibly by the president himself. ~  Courtesy of BBCNews.

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The team that made the Miracle on Grass possible\ Courtesy of Sportkeeda.com

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Chinwa “The Untold Story of Chinese-Haitians” by Kreyolicious

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Two generations of the Fungcaps of Haiti pose for a family photo in 1965. Photo: Essud Fungcap Private Collection

Here is another very education article from one of my favorite Haitian bloggers Kreyolicious,

Chinese presence in the Caribbean is concentrated mostly in Jamaica, but did you know that at one point there was a trickle of immigration from China into Haiti? With last names like Wu, Wah, Wawa, Fung, Fong-Ging, Fungcap, the first known Chinese families arrived in Haiti in the late 1890s, fleeing crumbling dynasties.

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Am I Haitian-American or African American? by Wilkine Brutus

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Wilkine is a very intelligent and very funny Haitian American male with some very thought provoking and conscious commentary on various different topics on his site and youtube channel.   If you’ve never heard of him or his blog  The Vanguard Element  after watching this I am sure you are going to subscribe.

His latest video is titled  “Am I Haitian-American or African-American” featuring his biracial nephew and his mother. It’s a quick exploration through the Haitian-American identity which include commentary with a brief Haitian history and a few cool pictures, some which were selected from this very site and my Haitian American Facebook page.

So are you Haitian American or African American?

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Repost from Kreyolicious.com: 10 Facts You May Not Have Known About the Haitian Flag

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I love Kreyolicious blog and since today is Haitian Flag Day,  I thought I would share one of her many great articles with you.

Flag day The Haitian flag is a symbol of pride for many Haitians. Some flaunt the flag, tattoo it on their bodies but may not be aware of its history or the full meaning behind the symbol. Come now, Haiti History 101 pupils, how many of these did you know?

10. The woman who sew it together was Catherine Flon.

9. It was sewn together on May 18, 1803 in the city of Archaie [come on, you can say it: Ar-kai-yeah]. “Pour le Drapeau” (For the Flag), Haiti’s national anthem was written 100 years later by Justin Lhérisson with music by Nicolas Geffrard. No, not that one; another Nicolas Geffrard.

8. Historians have maintained that the former slaves of Haiti shredded out the white of the flag so that the blue and red could come together, symbolizing the unity of the mulatto class of Haiti with the “full-blooded” blacks.

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