Any Black Passengers On The Titanic?


Joseph Phillippe Lemercier Laroche was the only black man on the Titanic.

Laroche was born in Cap Haitien, Haiti in 1886 into a powerful family. When he was fifteen, Joseph Laroche left Haiti to study engineering in Beauvais, France. Several years later, he met and eventually married Juliette Lafargue, the 22-year-old daughter of a local wine seller. Despite having an engineering degree, racial discrimination prevented Joseph Laroche from obtaining a high-paying job in France. The Laroches decided to return to Haiti and booked second-class reservations on the Titanic. After the ship struck an iceberg, Joseph Laroche loaded his pregnant wife Juliette and their two young daughters onto a lifeboat. Sadly, he went down with the ship and his body was never recovered. Shortly before Christmas of that year, Juliette Laroche gave birth to their son, Joseph Laroche Jr.

Juliette never remarried.

The Laroche Family- Joseph, Juliette, Simone and Louise.

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