A Caribbean country in North America, Haiti is the land of the high mountains. If history is to be believed, French fondly referred to the country as the Pearl of the Antilles. This was primarily because Haiti was rich both in terms of natural beauty and accumulated wealth. In fact, it was the richest colony owned by the European powers of that time. Taking the legacy of the richness forward were its nationals, Haitians, as they are known as who contributed extensively to the country’s rich political, economic, art and cultural background through their personal endeavours. Interestingly, apart from national heroes, Haiti has served as the home of many migrant Haitians who have created quite a niche for themselves and their homeland in foreign countries. Did you know that the famous singer Usher, NBA player Blake Griffith, rapper Tony Yayo and actor Jamie Hector are all Haitian descents? Additionally, there have been numerous Haitian nationals, who have done their country proud through their works. Jean Michael-Basquiat was a highly prolific painter who infused African and Caribbean culture in his canvas. Haitian women have also made noteworthy contribution. Edwidge Danticat is an award-wining writer best known for her works, ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’ and ‘The Dew Breaker’. Read this section to find more about famous Haitians.
François DuvalierFrançois Duvalier
14 April 1907
Politician, Physician
Jean-Jacques DessalinesJean-Jacques Dessalines
20 September 1758
Haitian General

Jean-Claude DuvalierJean-Claude Duvalier
03 July 1951
Former President of Haiti

Jean-Bertrand AristideJean-Bertrand Aristide
15 July 1953
Former President of Haiti

Bermane StiverneBermane Stiverne
01 November 1978
Professional Boxer

Jahking GuilloryJahking Guillory
14 May 2001
Actor
Michel MartellyMichel Martelly
12 February 1961
President of Haiti

Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat
19 January 1969
Author

Malinda PantonMalinda Panton
31 August 1988
YouTube Star
Garcelle BeauvaisGarcelle Beauvais
26 November 1966
Actress

Jean-Baptist-Point Du SableJean-Baptist-Point Du Sable
1745 AD
Pioneer
Andre BertoAndre Berto
07 September 1983
Boxer

Jean PascalJean Pascal
28 October 1982
Boxer

KaytranadaKaytranada
25 August 1992
DJ

Mia LoveMia Love
06 December 1975
Politician

Henry ChristopheHenry Christophe
06 October 1767
President
Jimmy Jean-LouisJimmy Jean-Louis
08 August 1968
Actor, Producer

Marie-Cessette DumasMarie-Cessette Dumas
1714 AD
Enslaved woman

Olden PolyniceOlden Polynice
21 November 1964
Basketball player

Jean LouisJean Louis
05 October 1907
Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer
Pierre DesirPierre Desir
08 September 1990
American Football player

Alexandre PétionAlexandre Pétion
02 April 1770
President of Republic of Haiti
Jean-Pierre BoyerJean-Pierre Boyer
15 February 1776
Politician

René PrévalRené Préval
17 January 1943
President

Samuel DalembertSamuel Dalembert
10 May 1981
Basketball player
Faustin SoulouqueFaustin Soulouque
15 August 1782
Emperor of Haiti

Junior GaletteJunior Galette
27 March 1988
Football player
Simone DuvalierSimone Duvalier
19 March 1913
Haitian first lady

Dayana CadeauDayana Cadeau
02 June 1966
Bodybuilder

Ertha Pascal-TrouillotErtha Pascal-Trouillot
13 August 1943
Politician
Cady LalanneCady Lalanne
22 April 1992
Basketball player

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Melissa St. VilMelissa St. Vil
08 September 1983
Boxer
Sarodj BertinSarodj Bertin
11 April 1986
Lawyer

Marie-Louise CoidavidMarie-Louise Coidavid
08 May 1778
Queen regnant

Dany LaferrièreDany Laferrière
13 April 1953
Novelist

Marie-Claire Heureuse FélicitéMarie-Claire Heureuse Félicité
11 April 1758
Politician
Paul MagloirePaul Magloire
19 July 1907
Politician
Suzanne Simone Baptiste LouvertureSuzanne Simone Baptiste Louverture
1742 AD
Politician

Gosder CherilusGosder Cherilus
28 June 1984
Football player

Raquel PélissierRaquel Pélissier
21 August 1991
Model

Jacques-Victor HenryJacques-Victor Henry
03 March 1804
Prince
Hector HyppoliteHector Hyppolite
1894 AD
Artist

Josaphat-Robert LargeJosaphat-Robert Large
15 November 1942
Poet

Zach AugusteZach Auguste
08 July 1993
Basketball player

Jacques RoumainJacques Roumain
04 June 1907
Writer, Politician

Laurent LamotheLaurent Lamothe
14 August 1972
Tennis player, Diplomat, Politician
FrankétienneFrankétienne
12 April 1936
Writer, Painter

Vladimir DucasseVladimir Ducasse
15 October 1987
American Football player
Marie-Madeleine LachenaisMarie-Madeleine Lachenais
1778 AD
Politician

Mildred TrouillotMildred Trouillot
1963 AD
Lawyer

René DepestreRené Depestre
29 August 1926
Poet
Jacques Stephen AlexisJacques Stephen Alexis
22 April 1922
Novelist

Ibi ZoboiIbi Zoboi
Writer
Madame Max AdolpheMadame Max Adolphe
10 September 1925
Mayor

Oswald DurandOswald Durand
17 September 1840
Journalist, Writer

Luck MervilLuck Mervil
20 October 1967
Actor, Singer

Ronald AgénorRonald Agénor
13 November 1964
Tennis player

Jean DominiqueJean Dominique
31 July 1930
Journalist
Emeline MichelEmeline Michel
1967 AD
Singer

Olive SoulouqueOlive Soulouque
29 November 1842
Princess

Elisabeth Delatour PrévalElisabeth Delatour Préval
1962 AD
Economist, Businesswoman

Marc BazinMarc Bazin
06 March 1932
Politician
Jeffrey JulmisJeffrey Julmis
30 September 1987
Sprinter, Hurdler

J. PerryJ. Perry
04 June 1988
Singer
Mirlande ManigatMirlande Manigat
03 November 1940
Politician

Numa PerrierNuma Perrier
14 December 1979
Actress, Producer

Misty JeanMisty Jean
1980 AD
Singer
Jean Price-MarsJean Price-Mars
15 October 1876
Doctor

Silvio CatorSilvio Cator
09 October 1900
Athletics competitor
Marie Vieux-ChauvetMarie Vieux-Chauvet
16 September 1916
Writer

Melchie DumornayMelchie Dumornay
17 August 2003
Association football player

Émile JonassaintÉmile Jonassaint
20 May 1913
President
Richardson HitchinsRichardson Hitchins
26 September 1997
Boxer

Michèle Pierre-LouisMichèle Pierre-Louis
05 October 1947
Politician
François-Ferdinand ChristopheFrançois-Ferdinand Christophe
1794 AD
Son of Field General Henri Christophe

Jules Solime MilscentJules Solime Milscent
1778 AD
Poet

Boisrond-TonnerreBoisrond-Tonnerre
06 June 1776
Writer, Historian

Sophia MartellySophia Martelly
09 October 1965
Politician
Toto BissaintheToto Bissainthe
1934 AD
Actress
Claudette WerleighClaudette Werleigh
26 September 1946
Prime minister

Val JeantyVal Jeanty
1974 AD
Musical artist

Gabriela VallejoGabriela Vallejo
18 September 1993
Model

Eniel PolyniceEniel Polynice
18 May 1988
Basketball Player
Massillon CoicouMassillon Coicou
09 October 1867
Poet, Novelist

Dimitry Elias LégerDimitry Elias Léger
27 September 1971
Novelist, Journalist

Lyonel TrouillotLyonel Trouillot
31 December 1956
Novelist

Marlie CasseusMarlie Casseus
07 July 1992
Woman in sucessful surgery

Jeff CobyJeff Coby
04 February 1994
Basketball player
Lucienne HeurtelouLucienne Heurtelou
1921 AD
Diplomat

Thomas MadiouThomas Madiou
30 April 1814
Historian
Assotto SaintAssotto Saint
02 October 1957
Poet

Barbara PierreBarbara Pierre
28 April 1986
Track and field sprint athlete
Elisabeth Dieudonné VincentElisabeth Dieudonné Vincent
1798 AD
Businesswoman
Etzer VilaireEtzer Vilaire
07 April 1872
Poet