This story definitely
needs to be told, read and heard....
"A descendant of the only black family on the Titanic said she is determined to keep the memory of her ancestors alive, giving them their rightful place in history.
Marlie Alberts said she is a descendant of the Haitian-born, French-educated black man, Joseph Laroche, whose maiden voyage on the Titanic is well-documented but remains obscure to the general public. Laroche was traveling with his pregnant wife, Juliette Lafargue, and their two young daughters, Simonne and Louise. His wife and children survived the Titanic disaster, but Laroche did not. His body was never found.
Alberts said the true love story between her interracial ancestors on the doomed luxury liner would make for a thrilling and romantic fact-based drama that would restore her family’s rightful place in history and raise awareness about the plight in Haiti today — two missions she is committed to.
The Haitian-American mother has turned her literary research into a fact-based screenplay and is preparing to shop it to TV networks as a three-part miniseries with all the earmarks of a ratings winner based on the Titanic’s popularity in films, plays, art and song.
Alberts, who is also an actress, said, “I want everybody to know that the Titanic was going to Haiti, and there was a black man on board who wasn’t a slave or waiter or servant.” [Read and view more photos about this interesting story on the Cleveland Daily Banner - Cleveland, TN.]