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haiti history 1940s museum quai branly A Haitian extended family gathers for a group photo. Visiting anthropologists like Mercer Cook and Haiti’s very own Jean Price Mars noted that in the countryside, Haitian families kept the living traditions of their ancestors in Africa, including the “lakou” system, in which various families lived in one unit. Even today, when some of our parents say ‘fanmi’, they don’t just mean mom, dad, kids, they mean practically the whole family tree!

haiti history 1940s museum quai branly A Haitian extended family gathers for a group photo. Visiting anthropologists like Mercer Cook and Haiti’s very own Jean Price Mars noted that in the countryside, Haitian families kept the living traditions of their ancestors in Africa, including the “lakou” system, in which various families lived in one unit. Even today, when some of our parents say ‘fanmi’, they don’t just mean mom, dad, kids, they mean practically the whole family tree!

General Faustin Soulouque as Emperor of Haiti, and Adelina as Empress of Haiti, 1856 Giclee Print

General Faustin Soulouque as Emperor of Haiti, and Adelina as Empress of Haiti, 1856

General Faustin Soulouque as Emperor of Haiti, and Adelina as Empress of Haiti, 1856 Giclee Print

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (26 May 1886 – 15 April 1912) was a Paris-educated Haitian engineer. He was the only Afrakan passenger on the Titanic. Instead of saving himself, he put his pregnant wife and their two daughters onto a lifeboat; he told her he would meet her in New York. He stayed behind to help put all the women and children into the life boats, he perished risking his life and saving others. Joseph’s daughter, Louise Laroche was one of the last-living survivors.

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (26 May 1886 – 15 April 1912) was a Paris-educated Haitian engineer. He was the only Afrakan passenger on the Titanic. Instead of saving himself, he put his pregnant wife and their two daughters onto a lifeboat; he told her he would meet her in New York. He stayed behind to help put all the women and children into the life boats, he perished risking his life and saving others. Joseph’s daughter, Louise Laroche was one of the last-living survivors.

Haiti.  Art Print by Justin White - $15.00

Haiti. Art Print

Haiti. Art Print by Justin White - $15.00

Homes on top of the hills, family farms and trails mark the countryside in Haiti

Haiti Trekking: A Beginner's Guide

Homes on top of the hills, family farms and trails mark the countryside in Haiti

When Reverend Theodore Holly first went to Haiti in 1855, he met with Emperor Faustin Soulouque, seeking guarantees for the immigrants following the problems the first settlers had encountered in the 1820s. He believed he could attract ten thousand colonists within seven years. But Soulouque was not willing to grant the immigrants citizenship while, as Holly asked, exempting them from military service, or to give them the same rights as the Haitians. Nevertheless, he sent recruiting agents…

When Reverend Theodore Holly first went to Haiti in 1855, he met with Emperor Faustin Soulouque, seeking guarantees for the immigrants following the problems the first settlers had encountered in the 1820s. He believed he could attract ten thousand colonists within seven years. But Soulouque was not willing to grant the immigrants citizenship while, as Holly asked, exempting them from military service, or to give them the same rights as the Haitians. Nevertheless, he sent recruiting agents…

The Haitian Revolution, a SLAVE uprising, frightened even those most sympathetic to revolutionary idealism. Thomas Jefferson himself refused to acknowledge its legitimacy.

The Haitian Revolution, a SLAVE uprising, frightened even those most sympathetic to revolutionary idealism. Thomas Jefferson himself refused to acknowledge its legitimacy.

Beauty in the midst of destruction; Haitian bride prepares to enter her wedding ceremony in partially destroyed catholic church in Port-au-Prince.

Beauty in the midst of destruction; Haitian bride prepares to enter her wedding ceremony in partially destroyed catholic church in Port-au-Prince.

Ole Time Carnival 1959 Part 1

Ole Time Carnival 1959 Part 1

Still fighting the fight! "A History of Haitian Women's Involvement (International Women's Day Part II) | Other Worlds" "... Losing access even to the rights that existed on the books, wealthy women could not enjoy the fruits of their victories. The loss of privilege and safety moved the feminist movement into the national liberation struggle. By 1965, the women’s movement effectively merged with the anti-dictatorship movement."

Still fighting the fight! "A History of Haitian Women's Involvement (International Women's Day Part II) | Other Worlds" "... Losing access even to the rights that existed on the books, wealthy women could not enjoy the fruits of their victories. The loss of privilege and safety moved the feminist movement into the national liberation struggle. By 1965, the women’s movement effectively merged with the anti-dictatorship movement."

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