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175th Emancipation Commemoration, a defining moment for the U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands to commemorate emancipation on July 3

ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, July 2, 2023/ — On the eve of the historic 175th anniversary of Emancipation in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), set for Monday, July 3, 2023, Chairwoman of the Commemoration Committee Carol Burke is urging Virgin Islanders to acknowledge the historic significance of this milestone and to “seize a better-defined future for ourselves.”

Burke, a neighborhood chief and former Virgin Islands senator, expressed her enthusiasm for the overwhelming momentum and widespread curiosity generated in the planning and preparation for Monday’s landmark vacation. She famous that the significance of the Emancipation Commemoration has resonated not solely domestically but in addition regionally and nationally, demonstrating the profound affect and historic significance of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Noting that the 175th commemoration is a chance to “reshape and reset,” Chairwoman Burke emphasised that trying again ought to function each a reminder of the journey behind and a chance to pave the manner for a brighter future. She acknowledged the significance of the ancestral journey of which Virgin Islanders have been a half and believes the future will not be solely about reclaiming the heritage of Virgin Islanders but in addition about charting a new course that evokes and uplifts.

The Emancipation Commemoration options a vary of occasions and packages designed to honor the heritage of the Virgin Islands and have fun the hard-won freedom of its folks.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church held a particular service on Sunday to acknowledge its personal 175th yr of existence, intertwining the historical past of the church with that of the Virgin Islands.

The schedule on Monday, July 3 encompasses the official commemoration ceremony, a luncheon presentation, and a charming closing occasion.

The day’s actions will start at 6 a.m. with a fort-to-fort stroll, led by former USVI senator and agriculture commissioner, Optimistic Nelson. The stroll will take individuals from Fort Christiansvaern to Fort Frederik on St. Croix, symbolizing a highly effective journey of remembrance and resilience. In Frederiksted, church buildings will take part by ringing their bells, additional amplifying the spirit of commemoration.

At 11 a.m. at Buddhoe Park, the official emancipation ceremony will happen, that includes a rare lineup of esteemed company and dignitaries, together with U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr.; Christina Markus Lassen, Denmark’s Ambassador to the United States; John Brewer, Director, Workplace of Insular Affairs (OIA) in the U.S. Division of the Inside; Basil Ottley, Director of Coverage – U.S. Virgin Islands, OIA; Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, U.S. Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress; public officers and members of the thirty fifth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands; neighborhood and group leaders; and NAACP Chairman Emeritus Roslyn M. Brock who will ship the keynote handle.

Roslyn M. Brock, a nationally acknowledged civil rights, well being coverage and fairness advocate, social justice change agent, and Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, is the keynote speaker. Her handle guarantees to depart a lasting impression on attendees, whether or not current at the venue or tuning in by way of radio or tv.

She acknowledged, “‘Remembering our previous, celebrating our future’ will not be merely a theme to information our actions associated to this historic occasion, it’s a solemn cost that calls for our dedication to not solely keep in mind our forebears and their struggles but in addition to make sure that our actions as we speak proceed to construct on the basis they laid.

“To the folks of the U.S. Virgin Islands and all who stand with us on this momentous event, I prolong my deepest gratitude for the privilege to deal with you. Collectively we pays tribute to the previous, embrace the current, and have fun our wonderful future as a result of braveness is not going to skip this era,” she added.

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Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP Chairman Emeritus

About the Virgin Islands 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee

The Virgin Islands 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee was fashioned to supervise and create occasions, actions, consciousness and engagement pertaining to the 2023 celebrations. On July 1, 2022, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. signed an govt order establishing the committee to supervise the Territory’s preparations for occasions to have fun the 175th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The mission of the committee is to commemorate the U.S. Virgin Islands’ 175th Emancipation with inclusive packages that educate, have interaction and encourage U.S. Virgin Islanders to resume and strengthen their achievement. The imaginative and prescient is that the shared experiences of 175 years may have ignited imaginations, illuminated numerous tales, impressed service to others, and demonstrated years of feat, wrestle, sacrifice and resilience, whereas framing the narrative of the subsequent 175 years.

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Carol Burke, Chairwoman of the 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee


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