Parsley massacre

Haitian genocidal massacre carried out in fall 1937.

In October 1937, Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina ordered the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands with Haiti. The violence resulted in the killing of 17,000 to 35,000 Haitian civilians over a span of approximately five days.[1] This would later become known as the Parsley Massacre.

The Parsley Massacre
DateOctober 1937
Rio Artibonito and surrounding borderlands.
Result $750,000 in reparations to Haiti sought, $525,000 paid.
Dominican Republic Haiti Republic of Haiti
Commanders and leaders
Rafael Trujillo
Casualties and losses
17,000 to 35,000 Haitian civilians dead.[1]



Trujillo had made his actions for the Haitian community clear in a short speech given at a dance held in his honor on October 2, 1937 in Dajabón, stating:

For some months, I have traveled and traversed the frontier in every sense of the word. I have seen, investigated, and inquired about the needs of the population. To the Dominicans who were complaining of the depredations by Haitians living among them, thefts of cattle, provisions, fruits, etc., and were thus prevented from enjoying in peace the products of their labor, I have responded, ‘I will fix this.’ And we have already begun to remedy the situation. Three hundred Haitians are now dead in Bánica. This remedy will continue.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Forrest, Dave. "The Dominican Dictator: Rafael Trujillo". James Logan High School. Archived from the original on 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  2. Richard Lee Turtis, “A World Destroyed, A Nation Imposed: The 1937 Haitian Massacre in the Dominican Republic,” Hispanic American Historical Review 82, no. 3 (2002): 613.