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  • Shelby Barnes

    Joseph Laroche, nephew to the then president of Haiti, was a 2nd class passenger on Titanic (they could afford 1st class but being an interracial couple they were only allowed in 2nd or 3rd class) and was the only black man to perish in Titanic's sinking. He was survived by his pregnant wife (a son to be named Joseph Laroche Jr.) and two children. The interracial family was moving to Haiti for work, as the color of his skin made it difficult to find work in France.

  • Kristen Molen

    Joseph Laroche & Juliette Lafargue were an interracial couple aboard Titanic. As the ship sank, Joseph stuffed his coat with money & jewelry, took his pregnant wife & children to the deck & managed to get them into a lifeboat. He gave the coat to his wife, & said: “Here, take this, you are going to need it. I’ll get another boat. God be with you. I’ll see you in New York.” Joseph died in the sinking, the only passenger of black descent. I would love to see their family story as as a movie.

  • Jennifer Ross

    What a story about the only known african american on board the Titanic. "Joseph Laroche and Juliette Lafargue were an interracial couple aboard the Titanic. As the ship sank, Joseph stuffed his coat with money & jewelry, took his pregnant wife and children to the deck and managed to get them into a lifeboat. He gave the coat to his wife, and said: “Here, take this, you are going to need it. I’ll get another boat. God be with you. I’ll see you in New York.” Joseph died in the sinking. He was the only victim of African Descent on the Titanic."

  • Carlina Nicole

    Joseph Laroche was a descendant of Haitian royalty. He was getting his education in France when he met his wife, Juliette. The couple had two daughters together and later boarded the RMS Titanic. They purchased third class passenger tickets not because they couldn't afford higher class but because they were an interracial couple. Joseph was the only black man aboard the ship. His family survived the tragedy, but he did not.

  • Christi Za

    Black History Month: There was a black family aboard the Titanic: Joseph Laroche, a Haitian-born, French-educated engineer died in 1912 when the Titanic sank in the Atlantic. His pregnant wife and two daughters survived. A son Joseph was born later that year.

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