Haitian Heritage Month

May is Haitian Heritage Month! Peruse our resource guide to learn about and celebrate the rich culture, history, and people from Haiti.

Spotlight: Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue

This monument located in Savannah, Georgia, commemorates the Haitians who volunteered to fight for America's independence in the American Revolutionary War. Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue (Volunteer Hunters of Saint Domingue) was the largest unit of Black gunmen that fought in Savannah, successfully defeating British forces in 1779. 


Literary works by authors of Haitian descent are integral to understanding the experiences lived during times of turmoil as well as the resulting effects felt by future generations. 


Haiti continues to play an impactful role in curating world culture through art, music, writing, food, and fashion.

Culinary Arts

Food is how many cultures pass down traditions and stories. Haiti is no different. Haitian food is a melting pot of culinary sources all telling a story of family, warmth, and triumph.

Sports and Athletics


By mixing traditional Haitian songs and instruments into contemporary sounds, musicians share their appreciation and admiration for the culture globally.

A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey [CD sound recording]

Born in New York to Haitian immigrants, classical musician, Leyla McCalla explores the music of the United States and Haiti on cello, banjo, and guitar.

Ghost Song

Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant is an award-winning Jazz musician, who began her lifelong pursuit at a young age studying classical music.

Platinum Hits [CD sound recording]

Born in Miramar, Florida, Jason Derulo is an award-winning singer and songwriter.

Purpose: An Immigrant's Story

Purpose is Wyclef Jean's powerful story of a life rooted in struggle, soul-searching, art, and survival.

TV & Film

Haitian descendants contribute to the world of film and television both onscreen and behind the scenes, from globally recognized actors to award-winning filmmakers.

Military and Political Leaders

Politically, Haiti ranks among the least stable countries in the world. Militarily, due to it's revolutionary beginning, Haiti can tout courageous, noteworthy leaders within it's history.

Black Spartacus

The Haitian revolution began in the French colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in November 1791, and culminated a dozen years later in the proclamation of the world's first independent black republic. After the abolition of slavery in 1793, Toussaint L'ouverture became the leader of the colony's black population, commander of its republican army and eventually its governor. Treacherously captured by Napoleon's invading army a year later and imprisoned, he ended his days as the revolution's most eminent martyr. Louverture confronted the mighty forces of his age - slavery, settler colonialism, imperial domination, racial hierarchy and European cultural supremacy - and bent them to his will.


February 7,1991: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a parish priest, is sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president. For the first time, Haiti, with its land and people ravaged by human corruption, looks toward the future with hope. September 30,1991: a military junta ousts Aristide from office, bringing his brief rule to an end. As spokesperson of a rapidly burgeoning grassroots movement, he had refused to compromise, calling for a "clean slate, " a new beginning for Haiti.