Jean Appolon

Jean Appolon was born in Haiti and moved to Cambridge when he was 16 years old. He has been a professional dancer with Alvin Ailey and the Joffrey Ballet. He runs a dance troupe in Boston and teaches a Haitian folklore class in Cambridge at the Dance Complex.

Marian Darlington-Hope

Marian Darlington-Hope was born in the Port neighborhood in Cambridge, and has lived there most of her life. Her parents were both from Barbados. She had a professional career as a Professor at UMass Boston and Lesley College, and continues to be involved in community activism in Cambridge.

Elba Santiago

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

Caribbean Heritage in Cambridge

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?” Areas of ancestry included Barbados (1), Haiti (4), Jamaica (1), Puerto Rico (1), Suriname (1), and Trinidad (1), and also “from Cambridge.” Their ages range from … Read More