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.
Jean-Jacques DessalinesJean-Jacques Dessalines
20 September 1758
Haitian General
François DuvalierFrançois Duvalier
14 April 1907
Politician, Physician

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

Michel MartellyMichel Martelly
12 February 1961
President of Haiti
Edwidge DanticatEdwidge Danticat
19 January 1969

Jahking GuilloryJahking Guillory
14 May 2001

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

25 August 1992
Mia LoveMia Love
06 December 1975

Andre BertoAndre Berto
07 September 1983

Jean-Pierre BoyerJean-Pierre Boyer
15 February 1776

Jean-Baptist-Point Du SableJean-Baptist-Point Du Sable
1745 AD

Henry ChristopheHenry Christophe
06 October 1767
Jean PascalJean Pascal
28 October 1982

Alexandre PétionAlexandre Pétion
02 April 1770
President of Republic of Haiti

Jean LouisJean Louis
05 October 1907
Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer

Pierre DesirPierre Desir
08 September 1990
American Football player
René PrévalRené Préval
17 January 1943

Simone DuvalierSimone Duvalier
19 March 1913
Haitian first lady
Samuel DalembertSamuel Dalembert
10 May 1981
Basketball player

Faustin SoulouqueFaustin Soulouque
15 August 1782
Emperor of Haiti

Yuli GurrielYuli Gurriel
09 June 1984
Baseball player
Junior GaletteJunior Galette
27 March 1988
Football player

Dany LaferrièreDany Laferrière
13 April 1953
Gosder CherilusGosder Cherilus
28 June 1984
Football player

Paul MagloirePaul Magloire
19 July 1907

Melissa St. VilMelissa St. Vil
08 September 1983
Vladimir DucasseVladimir Ducasse
15 October 1987
American Football player

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Laurent LamotheLaurent Lamothe
14 August 1972
Tennis player, Diplomat, Politician
Marc BazinMarc Bazin
06 March 1932

Émile JonassaintÉmile Jonassaint
20 May 1913

Jean DominiqueJean Dominique
31 July 1930

Jean Price-MarsJean Price-Mars
15 October 1876
Max BeauvoirMax Beauvoir
25 August 1936
Dadi NicolasDadi Nicolas
29 September 1992
Football player

The Rev. Gérard Jean-JusteThe Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste
07 February 1946

Bernard Fils-AimeBernard Fils-Aime
24 May 1953

Guy DurosierGuy Durosier
01 March 1932
Claude RaymondClaude Raymond
1929 AD

Philippe Wilson DesirPhilippe Wilson Desir
06 August 1938
Freedom fighter