City of Boston, “Imagine all the people: Haitian immigrants in Boston”
New Bostonians Series, 2009. From the article: The origin of the Haitian community in Massachusetts goes back to the late 1950s and the early 1960s when some Haitians fled the dictatorial regime of Franois Duvalier (Papa Doc). Massachusetts has the third largest Haitian community in the United States, after Florida and New York. According to the 2007 Census Bureau…there are an estimated 41,000 Haitians living in Massachusetts today. Boston’s Haitian-born immigrants settled in various parts of Boston, with the highest concentrations in Mattapan, along Blue Hill Avenue, as well as Roxbury, Dorchester, and Hyde Park.