Miramar Celebrates 50 Years of Haitian Immigration to south Florida

On the morning of December 12, 1972, the first boat of Haitian refugees arrived in Pompano Beach, Florida. This marked the beginning of a wave of Haitian immigration to the United States that continues to this day.

At the time, Haiti was ruled by a brutal dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc.” Many Haitians fled the country to escape political persecution, poverty, and violence. When they arrived in Florida, they were met with a warm welcome from the local community, who provided them with food, clothing, and other necessities.

Today, the Haitian community in Miramar is thriving. Miramar is home to a large number of Haitian immigrants and their descendants. The community is known for its vibrant culture, with a mix of traditional Haitian music, art, and food, as well as its strong sense of community and family.

There are many Haitian-owned businesses in Miramar, including restaurants, hair salons, and grocery stores, which serve as important hubs for the community. The area is also home to several Haitian churches, which play a vital role in the spiritual and cultural life of the community.

Despite the challenges that Haitian immigrants have faced over the years, including discrimination and economic struggles, they have persevered and made a positive impact on their adopted home of Miramar. They have brought with them their rich culture and traditions, and have contributed to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

As the Haitian community in Miramar looks back on the journey of those first refugees who arrived in Pompano Beach 50 years ago, they are proud of their heritage and the progress they have made. They remain a vital and integral part of the fabric of the South Florida and will continue to thrive and thrive for generations to come.