Gary Jean-Enard points to his name on the plaque of Haitian pioneers. He arrived in Miami in November of 1976. (Ashley Miznazi/ The Haitian Times)

Fifty years ago on December 12, 1972, 65 Haitians arrived on the shores of Pompano Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami, in a leaking, wooden boat — escaping the violence and dictatorship of the Duvalier Regime.

Yvon Bruno, the boat’s captain, told the New York Times back in 1972 why he had made the voyage.

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.