Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche was a Paris
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 educated engineer
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 and is best known as being one of the only passengers of Haitian
Haitian may refer to:* A person or thing of, from, or related to the country of Haiti* Haitian Creole language * Haitian cuisine* Haitian , minor character in the 2006 television series Heroes...

 and black
Black people
The term black people is used in systems of racial classification for humans of a dark skinned phenotype, relative to other racial groups.Different societies apply different criteria regarding who is classified as "black", and often social variables such as class, socio-economic status also plays a...

 ancestry on the final voyage of the RMS Titanic. He was the nephew of Cincinnatus Leconte
Cincinnatus Leconte
Jean-Jacques Dessalines Michel Cincinnatus Leconte was President of Haiti from August 15, 1911 until his death on August 8, 1912. He was a great-grandson of Jean-Jacques Dessalines—a former African slave who briefly held power as Emperor of Haiti—and an uncle of Joseph Laroche, the only black...

, a President of Haiti.

Laroche died in the sinking of the Titanic. His body was never recovered. His wife Juliette Laroche returned to Paris with her daughters Louise Laroche
Louise Laroche
Louise Laroche was one of the last remaining survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. It is believed that she, her sister and her father, Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche, were the only people of black descent aboard.-Early life:Louise Laroche was born on July 2, 1910 in...

 and Simonne Laroche and gave birth to their son, Joseph Lemercier Laroche.

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