July 14, 2005 Christiansted had its first Alexander Hamilton Jump Up last year. The event celebrated Hamilton's formative years on St. Croix. It included book signings and the unveiling of a new sculpture of Hamilton.
Hamilton was born on Nevis in 1755. His father, who was not married to his mother, abandoned Alexander and his mother on St. Croix on 1765. Although his family was mired in poverty and his mother died three years after arriving on the island, Alexander managed, with hard work and help from sponsors, to head to the mainland in 1773 to study medicine and play a part in the founding of the United States of America.
Although there won't be events focusing on Hamilton this year, the name for the July Jump Up has stuck.
The Alexander Hamilton Jump Up is this weekend.
Herminio Velazquez, deputy chief of police, outlined the following parking restrictions from 5 p.m. to midnight for the Saturday event.
— No parking will be permitted on King or Company Streets from King Cross Street to the Wharf Area.
— No parking will be permitted on Queen Cross Street from the intersection of Company Street to the Waterfront at the Caravelle Hotel.
— No parking will be permitted on Church Street, between King and Company Streets.
— Any vehicle found parked in the restricted areas will be towed at the owner's expense. Owners or drivers finding that his/her vehicle has been towed should call 773-2530 or 778-2244 for further information.
— Free parking will be permitted in the United States Park Service Lot on Hospital Street until 10 p.m. Vehicles not removed from National Park Service Lot by the designated time will be towed at the owners' expense.
— Traffic traveling eastward into Christiansted will be rerouted at King Cross Street.
— Traffic traveling westward on Hospital Street will be rerouted on Queen Street to proceed west.
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