Haiti’s then-president Dumarsais Estimé and his wife Lucienne Heurtelou at an official ceremony in Jacmel in the early 1950s. Estimé was practically a success story in Haitian elite society. Born in astonishing poverty, he moved to Port-au-Prince from the small town of Verettes, and thanks to the financial help of an uncle on his father’s side of the family, he attended law school, and even married into one of Haiti’s most highly-esteemed families the Heurtelous.

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René Dépestre, Novelist, poet. 1926 - Dépestre has been called Haiti’s greatest poet, and at times the country’s greatest poets/novelists. Dépestre’s body of literary works has drawn much awe, and his works a great deal of different interpretations.

The Citadel, Laferriere, Nothern Haiti. One of the most awe inspiring, yet creepy place I've ever been. The workers were made to build until they dropped...literally. You could feel the ghosts.

http://www.haitigotit.com/ Petion-Ville in Port-au-Prince



Port-au-Prince, Haiti c.1963

The Haitian literary scene truly begun to take shape in the 1900s. In April 1906, Haiti lost one of its most beloved poets and writers Oswald Durand (above), who had written the celebrated poem “Choucoune”. The poem was eventually adapted into a song, including an adaptation done by Harry Belafonte in 1957 entitled “Yellow Bird”. Haitian Montreal-born actress and model Johanne Harrelle also did her own rendition of it in the 1964 film A Tout Prende. There’s even a Creole-Spanish version done...

Port au Prince, Haiti, 1926

"President Louis Borno and the distinguished members of Haiti’s Congress in the summer of 1922. Borno was a lawyer before becoming head of state."

Haitian president Antoine Eustache Joseph Louis Borno | Born in Port-au-Prince in 1865, Mr. Borno also moonlighted as a poet. Like other young men from wealthy families in Haiti at the time, he went to France to further his education. He returned to Haiti in 1890 with a law degree then delved into public administration serving as Minister of International Relations and Religion under president Nord Alexis. In 1930, Borno was president of Haiti.


And speaking of wifeys, let us turn back a few centuries. Elizabeth Fernande Auguste Mangonès would later become the mother of Albert Mangonès, Haiti’s celebrated architect and sculptor.

Collège St Martial, one of Haiti’s oldest educational institutions. Presidents, senators, moguls, and other future leaders have all passed through its doors.

Like nothing else you'll ever see in Haiti. Hotel Oloffson, Port Au Prince Haiti. Had the best club sandwich of my life there. Want to go back again.

"Many of the members of the Haitian elite such as industrialist Louis Dejoie seen here in his office in Port-au-Prince in 1957, often inherited their fortune."

Bassin Bleu- Outside of Jacmel, Haiti Discover one of Haiti's most spectacular sites. #fresh #haiti #beautiful #ayiticheri

After the U.S. Occupation. It’s 1941 and Elie Lescot (the one with the hat thrown over his left shoulder) is standing in front of the Palais Legislatif (Congressional Palace, in other words) with members of his cabinet, and some gentlemen from the army. To the left of the president is Charles Carrie, his Chief of Protocol. Vely Thebaud, his Minister of the Interior, is the fellow to his left.


Haiti in the 1980s, at the height of elite decadence. Jean-Claude Duvalier with First Lady Michèle Duvalier and mother-in-law Simone Ovide Duvalier outside the steps of Haiti’s National Palace.