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Am I Related to Basquiat?

” In search of my mothers garden I found my own…”

Repeating Islands


Tracing Your Roots: A reader researching famous ties gets a few pointers for finding Haitian roots from Henry Louis Gates in this article from The Root.

Many of our readers wonder if they have famous kin. This week’s advice is especially useful to people of Haitian descent who are trying to trace their forebears, whether those kin are well-known or simply well-loved.

“Hi, I represent the music rock band the Penelopes. Our band’s lead singer, Axel Basquiat, was born and raised in Paris, but his father (Paul Basquiat) and his grandfather (Vincent Basquiat) are from Haiti. We know the famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s family was also from Haiti, and we wonder if there’s any way to research and see if they are related somehow. We are based in London, so we are not too familiar on organizations in Haiti that might be able to help us. Axel has been wondering about this…

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One comment on “Am I Related to Basquiat?

  1. BerrieSp.
    August 16, 2014

    Great article. Very helpful, thanks!


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