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Black History Month Event

March 6, 2021 Lecture,"Untold Stories of the Titanic: The Only Black Passenger"

On Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 6 p.m., the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden will stream a lecture entitled, "Untold Stories of the Titanic: The Only Black Passenger" as part of its "Noble on Watch" lecture and concert series. The program can be viewed on the museum's Facebook page and website.


The following article appeared online on the website on February 25, 2021. 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It’s been nearly 109 years since the R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, yet stories of its passengers continue to surface.

The wreck killed more than 1,500 people, and the last survivor who was aboard the Titanic passed away in 2009. While there were many victims taken by the Titanic sinking, history has unveiled that there was just one black passenger aboard the ship. That man was Joseph Laroche.

The Noble Maritime Collection, located on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Livingston, will virtually present the story of Laroche through a lecture titled “Untold Stories of the Titanic: The Only Black Passenger,” by Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson Saturday, March 6.

The event, beginning at 6 p.m., will explore the aspects of race, and show how Laroche’s story illustrates the limitations of black travel at the time of the Titanic tragedy. According the studies, Laroche was born in Haiti in 1886 and he did not survive the Titanic sinking.

Racial discrimination prevented Laroche from maintaining a high-paying job in France, which caused him and his family to return to Haiti via the Titanic. Laroche fell victim to the sinking, along with his wife, two daughters and the child Laroche was expecting with his wife.

This lecture, streaming Saturday, March 6, is part of the Museum’s “Noble on Watch” lecture and concert series. It is presented virtually on the museum’s Facebook page at and website at