Black Man on the Titanic

Black Man on the Titanic

The Story of Joseph Laroche

Serge Bile


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 Joseph Laroche was a black man particularly well educated for his time. His presence on the Titanic was an exception as few blacks traveled on such luxurious ships in first or second class  After the tragedy, the Americans showed a great solidarity with the survivors when they arrived in the United States: the wife and the daughters of Joseph Laroche were totally sponsored by a rich heiress in New-York.  The story of Joseph Laroche is part of Haitian history: He is the descendant of the father of Haitian independence; he is also related to two Haitian presidents.