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UVI TO PRESENT A VISUAL PIECE OF V.I. HISTORY

Nov. 21, 2002 – The V.I. public will have a chance to view rare film footage of sugar cane harvesting on St. Croix between 1903 and 1919 when Wayne James, founder of the Homeward Bound Foundation, presents the third Isaac Dookhan Memorial Lecture this week on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses.
The lecture – titled "The Reacquisition of Material Culture in the Virgin Islands" – will be presented in the Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. On St. Croix, the lecture will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Cafetorium of the UVI Campus Center.
In September of this year James discovered 22 minutes of historic film footage featuring Crucian people harvesting sugar cane by hand. The film was shot between 1903 and 1919. James is making copies of the film available to educational institutions in the Virgin Islands as part of his foundation's ongoing effort to reacquire and disseminate the material culture of the people of the Virgin Islands.
UVI's Social Sciences Division sponsors the Isaac Dookhan Memorial Lecture series. Dr. Dookhan was a professor of history and historian/ writer-in-residence at UVI and was a scholarly and prolific writer of the history of the Virgin Islands, Guyana and the Caribbean. His memory is being honored with a lecture series.
For details, contact Dr. Aletha Baumann at abauman@uiv.edu or call
692-4117.
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