Pierre Fils-Aime was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti. He first traveled to the US as a member of Haiti’s national volleyball team, to represent Haiti in an international volleyball tournament at Miami Dade University in Florida. After graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a major in psychobiology, he moved to Boston to be near his sister. He is currently a Community Coordinator … Read More
Jean Dany Joachim was born and grew up in Haiti. He visited Boston in 1989 to help care for a sick friend; political unrest in Haiti kept him from returning. He produces the City Nights Reading Series and was the Poet Populist of Cambridge from 2009-2011. He is the current Poet in Residence at First Church in Cambridge.
Marie France Santiago was born in Cambridge at Mt. Auburn Hospital; both of her parents are from Haiti. She graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 2006 and has a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art. She started attending the Cambridge Community Art Center at age 5, and is now its School Age Program Director.
Elba Santiago was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Cambridge when she was 17 and a half years old. Elba has worked at a number of jobs in Cambridge, including factory work, child care, and as a teacher’s aid in the Cambridge school system. Elba currently lives in a house she owns with her husband in the Port neighborhood … Read More
The 2018 Caribbean Heritage Oral History Project collected interviews of nine Cambridge people who were born in or have roots in the Caribbean as part of our year of asking “Where is Cambridge From?” These interviews help us gain perspective on what it’s like to be both from Cambridge and from the Caribbean. Read the Oral Histories here