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Jahajee Sisters Of Indo-Caribbean Descent: March Is Women’s History Month



NEW YORK — As March commemorates Women’s History Month, Jahajee Sisters celebrate the legacy of our ancestors on March 31, a legacy built upon resistance and resilience.

They also commemorate the Indo-Caribbean women of our time, including activists, organizers, and changemakers who continue to contribute to our legacy; one such woman being the braveheart Kowsilla.

Indo-Caribbeans are Caribbean people with roots in India or the Indian subcontinent. Brought by the British, the Dutch and the French during colonial times, Indo-Caribbeans are mostly descendants of the original indentured workers.

Kowsilla (also known as Alice) of Leonora, was killed on March 6, 1964, during the great Sugar Strike of 1964. Her body split in two when a sugar estate scab, Felix Ross, drove a tractor through her; the man was later acquitted of any crime.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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