A hundred years ago today, this family was about to go through a night that would change their lives forever. Joseph Lemercier Laroche was the nephew of my great-great grand mother and their history has been well alive in my family. The picture was taken before their trip.


This is from the encyclopedia titanica :


"While visiting nearby Villejuif Joseph met Miss Juliette Lafargue; After Joseph graduated and got his degree, he and Juliette were married in March of 1908. Their daughter Simonne was born 19 February 1909; a second daughter, Louise, was born prematurely on 2 July 1910, and suffered many subsequent medical problems.


Racial discrimination prevented Joseph Laroche from obtaining a high-paying job in France. Since the family needed more money to cope with Louise's medical bills, Joseph decided to return to Haiti to find a better-paying engineering job, the move being planned for 1913.


In March 1912, however, Juliette discovered that she was pregnant, so she and Joseph decided to leave for Haiti before her pregnancy became too far advanced for travel. Joseph's mother in Haiti bought them steamship tickets on the La France as a welcome present, but the line's strict policy regarding children caused them to transfer their booking to the Titanic's second class. On April 10 the Laroche family took the train from Paris to Cherbourg in order to board the brand new liner later that evening.


Joseph - who is thought to have been the only black passenger on the Titanic - died in the sinking but his family were saved, possibly in lifeboat 14."


After Salty's comment i must add that, Juliette and her children went back to France after the tragedy and she gavé birth to a Baby boy, whose wife I met when I studied in France ! The family never went to Haïti ! Here is mire to thé story http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_8_55/ai_62685041/


I have wanted to scrap my family history but never know where to start, I am planning to add a text page on the other side.


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