Caribbean American Heritage Month first started in 2008 when President George W. Bush signed the Proclamation making June, Caribbean American Heritage Month on June 5, 2006. Since then, Caribbean American Heritage Month has grown with the month celebrating the impact and sacrifice of Caribbean immigrants in the United States.
With a current population of approximately 10 million, hailing from 30 territories including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, Caribbean-Americans have played a role in shaping America since before its founding. From fighting slavery and segregation to serving in the highest levels of government to sports and entertainment, Caribbean-Americans have been active participants in the shaping of the United States since the first Caribbean immigrants arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1619.
Philadelphia has a strong Caribbean presence including immigrants from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti and other Caribbean countries.