The people of the Virgin Islands have the power to elect a governor every four years and also send a delegate to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his long career, Dr. Melvin Herbert Evans served in both roles.
Nautical scenes of the V. I. often include seaplanes. These days, Seaborne Airlines provides flights between St. Thomas and St. Croix. But island-hopping service dates back to 1963 when famed aviator Charles F. “Charlie” Blair, Jr. started Antilles Air Boats.
Known locally as “The Rum of the Islands,” Cruzan Rum is rooted deep in St. Croix. Since the early 17th century, islanders have been adept at producing molasses and rum. Founded in 1760, the Cruzan tradition has been carried on by eight generations of the Nelthropp family at Estate Diamond.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the U.S. Virgin Islands announced the 70th edition of “Carnival Virgin Islands” on St. Thomas will be held from April 27 to May 1, 2022. This year’s theme is “A New Cultural Roogadoo for Carnival 2022.
Born on St. Thomas in 1891 when the island was part of the Danish West Indies, Rothschild “Polly” Francis was a councilman, civil rights activist. and labor leader. Through his publication, “The Emancipator,” he openly denounced injustices on Virgin Islanders by those in power.
Referred to in numerous Virgin Islands Board of Education documents as “…one of the icons of local education,” Jose Antonio Jarvis dedicated his talent and energy to benefit the community of St. Thomas.
For more than half a century, Mountain Top has been a premier tourist attraction on St. Thomas. Credited with originating the first Banana Daiquiri, the aptly named enterprise is found at the highest point of St. Thomas — 1,500 feet above sea level.
A perfect place to relax under a shade tree, the park hosts special events throughout the year including annual Emancipation Day festivities. During the holidays, lights and decorations in the park reflect the spirit of the season.
Downtown Charlotte Amalie offers endless opportunities to discover fascinating one-of-a-kind shops with storied histories. One local enterprise not to be missed is Chalet D’Or / Get Charmed on Garden Street.
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