Jean Dany Joachim

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.

Mass Humanities Oral History Grant

In March, Mass Humanities awarded the Cambridge Historical Society $7,500 to conduct an oral history project. “Sweet Souls, Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge” will gather the personal stories and experiences of twelve people affiliated with the 112-year-old settlement house in the Port. Interviews will be conducted by Katie Burke and Lina Raciukaitis, under the guidance of … Read More

Marie France Santiago

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.

Quinton Zondervan

Quinton Zondervan was born in The Netherlands in 1970 and grew up in Suriname. He moved to the United States when he was 15. In 1993 he began studying for his Masters degree at MIT. He is now a Cambridge City Councillor.

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?” 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