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The Moravian Churches have a unique history in the U.S. Virgin Islands dating back to the early 1700s and are host to the most abundant burial sites on St. Thomas – two intimate church graveyards and two cemeteries.
Yellow brick pillars frame the wrought iron gate that, once opened, beckons visitors forward to a tree-lined path and into St. Thomas’ old Danish cemetery. It is now protected and maintained by the Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church, but until 1917 it was under the purview of the local branch of the state church of Denmark.
Beyond the gateways of the two Jewish cemeteries located on St. Thomas, an undeniably rich history can be beheld on the grounds owned and maintained by the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.
Deplorable, unacceptable, embarrassing and disgraceful were just some of the words used Friday to describe the condition of the territory’s cemeteries during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging.