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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Janelle K. Sarauw, 32, is the youngest female senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is thought to be the legislating body’s only openly LGBTQ lawmaker. After a successful campaign focused on government accountability and transparency, the St. Thomas native was elected in an April 2017 special

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has congratulated Barbados’ new Prime Minister Mia Mottley on her election victory last week. Governor Mapp congratulated the new Prime Minister on the strong mandate she received at the polls, and shared the Territory’s commitment to continue working with Barbados and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp said that he recognizes May 25, 2018 as a day to honor and respect people of African ancestry with international cultural heritage observances celebrating freedom movements by recognizing Virgin Islands African Heritage Week and African Liberation Day in May. Enacted through Act 5473 of 1989 pursuant to Title 1,

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LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May apologized to 12 Caribbean nations on Tuesday for immigration officials’ harsh treatment of people from those countries who migrated to Britain as children after World War II. The “Windrush generation” were invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, but some

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COPENHAGEN — A Trinidad and Tobago artist has made history by collaborating to create the first public monument to a black woman in Denmark. Tobago-born, St. Croix-based artist, La Vaughn Belle, collaborated with Copenhagen-based Jeannette Ehlers, to create “I Am Queen Mary,” a tribute to Mary Thomas, a 19th-century freedom fighter who

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By SENATOR JANETTE MILLIN YOUNG SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Our history as Virgin Islanders is constantly evolving. Like the past, each defining moment is recorded for posterity. March 2018, provides the opportunity to highlight, showcase, and reflect on the many contributions of Virgin Islanders by honoring our

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  GOVERNMENT HOUSE ST. THOMAS   TESTIMONY BY JOSE RAUL CARRILLO, UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS For more than 251 years, the building at 21-22 Kongen’s Gade has been a powerful symbol as the seat of Government and has been the official Office

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Entrance of Preacher’s Cave (Jane Day) SAN JUAN — They were called the Taíno, and the Europeans who colonized their land took almost everything away from them. A half-century after Christopher Columbus set foot upon the New World, these decimated natives of the Caribbean – who once numbered somewhere in

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PORT OF SPAIN — IN ITS 18th-century heyday cane grown in the Caribbean and cut by African slaves provided Britain with nearly all its sugar. The masters of this brutal trade made enormous fortunes. But it has seen 200 years of decline, accelerating after slavery ended in 1838. Now the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery, has named Virgin Islands native and research scientist Elenoe “Crew” Smith as one of its “2017 STAT Wunderkinds.” “The Landers, Doudnas, and Bradners of the world grab plenty of headlines.

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