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OH, MEXICO! Ohio Movie Buffs Erect ‘Shawshank Redemption’ Sign At Sandy Point With The Help Of The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

FINAL SCENE: The filmmakers were trying to simulate the look of Mexico when it chose Sandy Point in Frederiksted for the closing minutes of “The Shawshank Redemption.”

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FREDERIKSTED — A sign commemorating the fact that the final scene of the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” was shot at Sandy Point on St. Croix’s West End has been erected by fans of the movie in Ohio, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger Michael Evans said he was happy that the movie highlighted the “unspoiled setting” of the protected park in Frederiksted that attracted the filmmakers and Castle Rock producers.

Most of “The Shawshank Redemption” was shot in the north central Ohio city of Mansfield, where fans of the movie have established The Shawshank Trail so the curious can follow the steps the movie took in making the film.

Destination Mansfield, the tourism agency that conceived of the tour highlighting scenes across Ohio, has managed get the trail to lead 1,905 miles from there to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Evans, who manages Sandy Point for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, cooperated with the Ohio trail group in allowing the sign to be posted on St. Croix soil.

The movie, “The Shawshank Redemption,” stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. It is based on a story by horror novelist Stephen King.

Freeman visited St. Thomas in the early 1990’s and was received at Government House by Gov. Alexander Farrelly.

SHAWSHANK REDUMPTION? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has allowed people from Ohio to post a sign at Sandy Point in Frederiksted commemorating the sparse frames that St. Croix appeared in the film — “and the Virgin Islands Legislature can’t do a damn thing about it!”



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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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