Yes, there was a Black passenger on the Titanic -- but he did not survive

Joseph Laroche was born on May 26, 1886 in Haiti. He was an educated engineer who studied in Paris. He was married to a white French woman named Juliette, and they with their two children were on the Titanic when it crashed into an iceberg in 1912. Joseph drowned like many others, but his family survived the shipwreck and arrived safely to New York City with others who had been rescued.

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