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Meet The Only Black Man Who Boarded The Titanic, See What Happened To Him

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There was this black dude on board the Titanic who wasn't supposed to be there. Almost no one knows about it because he wasn't meant to be on the Titanic when it sank in the first place. His tale is as follows:

The Titanic was built before World War I, at a time when racism was legal. As a result, there was a time in America when blacks and whites did not share anything: schools, neighborhoods, or churches. This occurred in 1912, when a vast new ship designed for wealthy white people set sail from Southhampton to New York, stopping in Paris.

This black man was born in Haiti on the 26th of May, 1886, to wealthy parents. He is the nephew of Cincinnatus Leroche, the President of Haiti at the time. At the age of 15, his name was Joseph Lemercier Laroche, and he was to go to France to study. He earned an engineering degree, but because he was black, he couldn't get regular employment.

During this time, he married and had two daughters. So, at the age of 25, he chose to return home to start again after a period of unemployment. His mother, a Haitian, was overjoyed and bought him a first-class ticket aboard the opulent SS France, which would cost $100,000 today. However, Laroche switched them for second-class tickets worth just over $1,000 aboard the Titanic, a brand-new hotel-like liner.

On the 12th of April, 1912, Laroche boarded the Titanic in Cherbourg, France, with his French wife and two daughters. The ship had set sail from Southampton, England, on its way to New York. There were 2,223 staff and passengers on board this royal cruise ship, and Joseph Laroche was the only black person on board.

He was supposed to make a pit break in New York before continuing south to Haiti. However, his ship never arrived at that location until April 14th, when he heard a huge noise from the ship being punctured by an iceberg while passengers were eating dinner.

Before they could try to steer the ship away from the iceberg, it had badly damaged the shop's hill, causing uncontrollable flooding. Then he awoke his pregnant wife and escorted her to the lifeboat, which can only hold one-third of the passengers.

Various people were attempting to board the various lifeboats that had been thrown into the water. Whites and first-class individuals were accorded special treatment. Then there were the wealthy men with guns. He stuffed his wife's pockets with cash and jewelry. "Go!" he shouted, hugging his small girls, "in New York, I'll see you."

"I need to find another raft right now.” He kissed his wife Juliet again and whispered, "God be with you, my darling, I shall see you soon." The RMS Carpathia, a rescue ship, later picked them up on April 15. Juliette never saw Joseph again after that. With 1500 other passengers, he had perished in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, a shipman passed by the iceberg covered with red paint, but only took a black-and-white shot of it. This occurred on April 15th, and there was no mention of a sinking ship at the time. The news began to circulate later that evening, with headlines like "Titanic Disaster: Great Loss Of Life."

Louise Laroche, who was one year old at the time, never married and died on January 28, 1998, in Paris, at the age of 87. Simonne Marie Anne Laroche, who was likewise never married, died on August 8, 1973. Juliette Marie Laroche, their mother, died on January 10th, 1980 in Paris, France, but not before giving birth to a son on December 17, 1912. Joseph LeMercier Laroche Jr. was his name. Joseph Jr. was married to Claudine LaRoche, who is still residing in the Paris region, until his death on January 17, 1987.

The children of this marriage are currently the only living descendants of the world's most powerful ship's lone African descendent. If Joseph had found employment in France, his narrative could have ended differently.

Could he have been one of the few survivors, on the other hand, if racism hadn't kept him at the end of the line in the struggle for rescue and triage? We may not know the answers or even the backstories of the Titanic's other victims, but they know their own stories, and we are here today to remember them all, hope they are resting peacefully wherever they are.

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