Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the 3-D re-release of the 1997 blockbuster has been revelations about the black passengers who are believed to have been aboard the vessel which tragically sunk about 100 years ago. The Chicago Tribune reports on this widely overlooked part of history:

In preparing his 1997 movie “Titanic” for 3-D, James Cameron reportedly reshot a scene because an astronomer told him that the position of the stars was wrong in the original movie.

Christine LeBrun, 35, of Palatine, said there’s another historical inaccuracy in Cameron’s original blockbuster that she wishes he’d corrected for the new “Titanic 3D”: He didn’t include any mention of Joseph Laroche, a Haitian-born, French-educated engineer traveling with his family who is believed to be the only black man among the passengers on the Titanic.

LeBrun recently found out that Laroche is a distant relative.

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