Celebrating Haiti’s Martissant Park

Martissant Park represents the very real efforts of the Haitian people to preserve and celebrate the natural environment of Haiti inside Port-au-Prince’s clustered urban setting. The park is a public space designed to serve not only as a botanical park, but also as a cultural, educational and recreational space.

Covering approximately 42 square acres, the park is home to a strolling memorial for the victims of the January 2010 earthquake; the Katherine Dunham Cultural Center, which will host a resource center for residents of Martissant; a state-of-the-art medicinal garden; and a large botanical garden.


  • Michèle D. Pierre-Louis, former Prime Minister of Haiti and President of Fondation Connaissance et Liberté (FOKAL)
  • Lorraine Mangonès, Executive Director of FOKAL
  • Thierry Chérizard, Chargé de Mission at FOKAL
  • Rodney Leon, NYC-based architect and designer of the United Nation’s slavery memorial “The Ark of Return.”
Date: November 18, 2013
Time: 5:008:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201