|The Parsley Massacre:
Assessment & Representation 75 Years Later
A Panel DiscussionIn early October 1937 the Dominican Dictator Raphael Trujillo ordered an ethnic cleansing of Haitians along the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic marked by the Massacre River. The murderers identified their targets as Haitians by an inability to pronounce properly the Spanish word perejil for parsley. Historians estimate that 15,000 to 30,000 victims perished. As news leaked, international concern followed. The Dictator denied the gravity and intent of the events. The approaching clouds of the World War II soon darkened memory of what happened to poor people in an obscure place. Even so, the events of the extermination campaign have long stained relations between the countries.In memory of the victims, our panel explores how the events have been represented, remembered, and interpreted by Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and artists from both cultures. The issues are particularly pertinent because, in transnational diasporic terms, New York City is the second largest city of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Panel organizer & moderator:
Jerry W. Carlson (The City College & Graduate Center)
Where: Room C-197 The CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave. @ 34th St.)
Sponsored by the Doctoral Program in French, the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, the Dominican Studies Institute, and the MA in the Study of the Americas of the City University of New York.