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Beyond the Graveyard Gate: A Look at Moravian Church Burial Places

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.

Historical Trust Receives Grant to Teach Traditional Furniture Caning

The St. Thomas Historical Trust has received a $20,000 grant through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to be used for teaching the art of furniture caning out of the Historical Trust’s museum.

Beyond the Graveyard Gate: A Look at the STT Danish Cemetery

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 Graveyard Gate: A Look at Jewish Cemeteries

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. 
Wallace Williams appears at Tuesday's Senate committee hearing. (Photo by Alvin Burke Jr. for the V.I. Legislature)

Two Men Honored for STX Community Contributions

The Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging honored the lifelong contributions of two men to the territory, voting to forward resolutions commemorating their accomplishments.

Senators Challenge Historic Preservation Nominees on Interpretation

The equal preservation of the heritage of all the territory’s people was a topic of discussion at Thursday’s Senate Rules and Judiciary hearing, during which senators challenged the testimony of nominees for the V.I. Historic Preservation Commission they felt focused too much on the islands’ Danish colonial legacy.
Michal Rhymer-Browne testifies about the needs of seniors on St. John. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Sea View Closure Prompts DHS to Plan Two Nursing Facilities

The Department of Human Services plans to open two CMS-certified nursing facilities to take the place of the Sea View Nursing and Rehabilitation facility, which stopped providing residential nursing home services on Jan. 30.
A fallen tombstone is wedged in between two graves sites making it difficult to pass. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Public Tells Senate of ‘Disgraceful’ Cemetery Conditions

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.
Africah Harrigan: Granddaughter to Beulah Harrigan, Africah Harrigan, provides testimony during the a hearing of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Aging.q

Panel OKs Naming Library Children’s Room for Harrigan

A Senate committee voted Friday to name the children’s room at Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Library in memory of Beulah Smith Harrigan, a longtime educator and librarian in the territory who died in 2011.
Debbie Sun designed this canadidate for the officias U.S. Virgin Islands madras.

Panel Narrowly OKs Bill Establishing Official V.I. Madras

The establishment of an official Virgin Islands madras was passed Monday by the Senate Committee on Culture, Aging and Historic Preservation and forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee after a 4-3 vote.

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