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Caribbean American Heritage Month

Street scene in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, June 1919

Street scene in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 1919 (National Archives Identifier 45545527)

Since 2006, June has been designated as Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. The month-long observance promotes the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean American people and their contribution to the United States of America.

The National Archives has a wide variety of records relating to Caribbean Americans and their history. Explore these records through the National Archives Catalog and additional resources on



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Probationers of the African American nurses training school, at Frederiksted, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, 1917–ca. 1919.

All We Demand is Justice: Caribbean Union Leaders on the Canal Zone (Rediscovering Black History blog)

Federal Records Documenting Caribbean Immigrants: 1890–1930? (Rediscovering Black History blog)

Pedro Sanjuan, Insider for Integration (JFK Library Archives blog)

The Panama Canal: Riots, Treaties, Elections, and a little Military Madness, 1959­–1973 (

The Founding Fathers: Alexander Hamilton, New York (