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. Law School
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.
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche and his family! Joseph Phillipe was born in the city of Cap Haitien, Haiti, on May 26, 1886. He must have been quite a child prodigy, and must have been born in a very wealthy family in Haiti, because at the tender age of 15, he left his family in Haiti (accompanied by Monsegnieur Kersuzan, the archbishop of Haiti) to go study engineering in France in northern region of Picardie.
"Vincent Ogé was such an example—as in he was born in 1755 of a black mother and a white father, and was educated in France. He returned to Haiti in 1789 with the intention of claiming rights for mulattoes like himself, and recruited a few hundreds of people for his cause. Ogé and his cohorts were executed gruesomely by the French."
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.