Lucienne Heurtelou

Lucienne Heurtelou (c. 1921 – May 19, 2006) was a Haitian diplomat, women's rights advocate, author, and First Lady of Haiti 1946-1950 as the wife of Haitian President Dumarsais Estimé.

She was honorary President of the Ligue Féminine d'Action sociale (Feminine League for Social Action), an influential Haitian feminist organization created in 1934, during its First Congress of Haitian Women (April 14–19, 1950). The Congress attracted delegates of 44 Haitian women's organizations and 32 delegates of 17 international women's organizations and relaunched the Haitian women's movement for equal rights. In October 1948, she inaugurated an orphanage in Truittier, near Carrefour, which was never completed. She is the first Haitian First Lady to have written her memoirs, a book in which she delves into the undoing of her husband's presidency by his political enemies.[1][2]

She became Haiti's first female ambassador to Belgium after her husband's death in 1953.[3][4]

She was the mother of former Haitian government official Jean-Robert Estimé.[5]

She died on May 19, 2006 at age 85, gunned down in the robbery of the jewelry store of the Daccaret family on Dufort street in Port-au-Prince.[5]


  1. ^ Manigat, Mirlande (2002). Etre Femme en Haiti Hier et Aujourd'hui. Haiti: Université Quisqueya. pp. 354–355. ISBN 99935-2-041-1.
  2. ^ Estimé, Lucienne (2001). Dumarsais Estimé: Dialogue avec mes souvenirs. Editions Mémoire. ISBN 9993534110.
  3. ^ Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick (2004). Haiti: The Breached Citadel (2nd ed.). Ontario: Canadian Scholars Press. p. 37. ISBN 1-55130-268-3.
  4. ^ Charles, Jacqueline (15 August 2005). "Slain Haitian icon to be honored". Miami Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b St Fleur, Jean Max (May 22, 2006). "L'insécurité fait encore des victimes". Le Nouvelliste. Le Nouvelliste, Haiti. Retrieved January 29, 2015.