Oct. 18 Boston Seminar on African American History

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Boston Seminar on African American History at the Massachusetts Historical Society


Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5:15 PM


Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College

Losing Laroche: The Story of the Titanic’s Only Black Passenger

Comment: Saje Mathieu, University of Minnesota


Losing Laroche is the first in-depth study of the only black family on board the RMS Titanic. The story of the Haitian Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche and his descendants is largely unknown and troubles the assumption of an all-white Titanic narrative. This paper seeks to understand the possibilities of black advancement in the Titanic moment and throughout the Diaspora.


RSVP required. To respond, email seminars@masshist.org or call 617-646-0579.


Unless stated, all seminars take place at the Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, and commence at 5:15 PM. After each session the Society will provide a light buffet supper. In case of inclement weather, phone 617-536-1608 for information.


As in the past, the essays are available to subscribers as PDFs through the seminar’s webpage, https://www.masshist.org/calendar/seminars/african-american-history. Subscribe to the 2018-2019 series online via this page. A $25 subscription allows access to the full series of papers for the year, as well as the papers for the Boston Area Seminar on Early American History, the Boston Seminar on Environmental History, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture. Papers are posted a few weeks before the session; the Oct. 18 paper is now online. Papers will be available to all registered attendees on the day before the seminar.


Questions? Email seminars@masshist.org.


We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!