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Virgin Islands History and Culture in Photographs

Estate Caroline of St. John, Danish West Indies

A Historical Account of the Slave Insurrection on St. John ~ 1733

Today marks the anniversary of one of the darkest days in St. John’s history. Below is an account of that fateful day found in a book entitled, A Historical Account of St. Thomas West India Islands by John P. Knox.   The Slave Insurrection of 1733 By John P. Knox A large body of slaves […]

Happy Thanksgiving Day from the US Virgin Islands.

Happy Thanksgiving from the US Virgin Islands!

                                                     Happy Thanksgiving from our family, past and present. ❤ Thanksgiving for Little Joys 1921 Dear God, from my small world of common places, Of homely tasks and dear loved, […]

Runaway Virgins New Book by Enrique Corneiro, US Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies

New Book! ~ Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro

Runaway Virgins I recently purchased this brand new book entitled, Runaway Virgins by Enrique Corneiro. It is incredibly moving! Enrique shared over 250 slavery-related advertisements that he curated from the old Danish newspapers to help shine a light on what life was like for the enslaved people of the Danish West Indies, now the US Virgin Islands. More than 300 specific […]

Armistice Day, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands 1918

How the Virgin Islands Celebrated Armistice Day ~ 1918

Armistice Day “On that grey, November morning when the news flashed around the world that war had ceased, humanity gave vent to its flood of emotions in a madness of joy that knew no limit. Forgotten for the moment was the toll of lives and property and ideals that had been paid during the four […]

Mary Celeste

The Mystery of the Missing Crew in Anegada ~ 1921

Ocean Mysteries Tales of finding floating ships with sails fully set and no one on board have added the bewildering mysteries of the sea. Interestingly, they are not as rare as one would imagine. The Marie Celeste A classic instance, of course, is that of the American merchant ship, Mary Celeste. In 1872, this well-manned vessel with […]

View above St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Old Photographs and Music Bring Virgin Islands History to Life

The Virgin Islands in Old Photographs This is a wonderful video posted by Etienne A. Gibbs with old photographs collected by Ronnie Lockhart. Thank you to both for keeping the island’s history at the forefront! The steel band music of “Mr. Walker” is a calypso song made famous by the Mighty Sparrow. ~ Etienne A. […]

Virgin Isle Hotel, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The New Virgin Isle Hotel ~ 1950

The Virgin Isle Hotel In 1950, when the Virgin Isle Hotel opened for the first time, it was the talk of the town. Designed by Jac Lessman, it’s architectural and interior decorations were unique to the island. First guests to the $100/day Presidential suites came from Puerto Rico. They were so delighted by the sweeping […]

Who Was David Hamilton Jackson?

  D. Hamilton Jackson D. Hamilton Jackson was an important figure in the struggle for increased civil rights and worker’s rights in the Danish West Indies.  When the islands were under Danish rule, Jackson traveled to Denmark to petition for better living conditions for the working class.   He specifically addressed the issues of: 🗞 Lowering the […]

Creque's Chevrolet, Creque's Alley, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Creque’s Alley and the Famous Folk Band, The Mamas and the Papas

The History of Creque’s Alley Did you know that Creque’s Alley was named for the Main Street merchant, Henry O. Creque? When he purchased the three warehouse buildings and alleyways in 1905, his name became synonymous with the location. Mr. Creque was somewhat of a celebrity himself when he reputedly found treasure in the caves at Norman […]

Ira Smith Painting of Main Street, US Virgin Islands

Why Are The Paintings By Ira Harrington Smith So Popular?

Ira Harrington Smith Have you heard of the artist, Ira Harrington Smith? Ira was a very talented painter whose prized works were extremely popular in St. Thomas. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to the islands and began painting colorful scenes of everyday life. His works featured on the cover of many magazines including the […]