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Emancipation Day: USVI Celebrates 173 Years of Freedom

Kia Griffith | July 03, 2021

Saturday marked 173 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was declared in Frederiksted on July 3, 1848. It was on that day that the enslaved people on St. Croix collectively rose up against the bonds of the Danish system of slavery. This united front liberated the people of the Danish West Indies, the islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Each year, Emancipation Day or Freedom Day is recognized in the U.S. Virgin Islands on July 3 as a local holiday in which residents pay their respects to those who fought for freedom like General Buddhoe. On this day, Virgin Islanders remember that freedom did not come easily, and their ancestors were still oppressed in other ways thereafter. For example, the four Fyah Bun Queens — Queen Mary, Queen Agnes, Queen Matilda, and Queen Susanna — led the Labor Riot (or 1878 Fire Burn) against stringent…

Love City Food Fair is First in Virgin Islands Since…

Kyle Murphy | July 04, 2021

ST. JOHN — The Division of Festivals on Saturday hosted the “Love City Food Fair” on St. John, the first…

St. John Festival This Year to Feature Food Fair and…

Staff Consortium | June 24, 2021

The V.I. Department of Tourism announced Wednesday night that its Division of Festivals will feature…

Bont Ticks With Disease Causing Death in Livestock…

Staff Consortium | April 14, 2021

The V.I. Dept. of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a cluster of tropical bont ticks were found in…

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Ernice Gilbert | November 14, 2020

The Board of Directors of the V.I. Agriculture and Food Fair announced Friday that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on community health and wellbeing,  the 2021 Agriculture and Food Fair (...

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