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Notable Bahamian Americans

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  • Stepin Fetchit (1902 - 1985)
    Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry , better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit , was an American comedian and film actor who had his greatest fame throughout the 1930s. In films and on stage, the...
  • J. Rosamond Johnson (deceased)
    J. Rosamond Johnson was an American composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance. Johnson is most notable as the composer of the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which has come to be known in the...
  • Sir Sidney Poitier
    Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
  • Pamela Poitier
    Pamela Poitier is an American actor and entertainment industry figure. Her films include The Jackal (1997), Ghost Dad (1990), Liberty & Bash (1989), and Stir Crazy (1980). Her television work includes ...
  • Beverly Poitier-Henderson
    Beverly Poitier-Henderson is an Atlanta-based writer, producer, and jewellery designer. She has had a varied career, including everything from writing comedic novels to producing life television events...

Bahamian Americans are Americans of Bahamian ancestry. There are an estimated 68,000 people of Bahamian ancestry living in the United States as of 2015. Bahamian Americans have been growing at a rate of 58% every decade since 1990.

Bahamians began visiting the Florida Keys in the 18th century to salvage wrecked ships, fish, catch turtles, and log tropical hardwood trees. A Bahamian settlement in the Keys was reported in 1790, but the presence of Bahamians in the keys was temporary. Early in the 19th century some 30 to 40 Bahamian ships were working in the keys every year. After 1825, Bahamian wreckers began moving to Key West in large numbers. Today, the largest Bahamian American populations are in Miami, Atlanta, and New York. Bahamians built and still reside in the oldest inhabited neighborhoods in Miami, like Coconut Grove, Lemon City, and Cutler.

As of 2010, Bahamian Americans were the most educated West Indian Americans. 39.1% of the Bahamian American population of 25 years and over held college degrees. 9.9% held associate degrees, 17.5% held bachelor's degrees, and 11.7% held graduate or professional degrees. 29.2% held bachelor's degrees or higher.