March Is Virgin Islands History Month

Statue of Rothschild Francis

Friday, March 1, will mark the beginning of Virgin Islands History Month. Act 6802, sponsored by former Senator Shawn-Michael Malone in 2006, created the month-long recognition of Virgin Islands history and history makers, according to Senate President Kenneth L. Gittens

“Each March, we have the opportunity to revisit our important and interesting local history,” Gittens said. “I urge parents, teachers and our many culture bearers to take this opportunity to teach our children more about the Virgin Islands. Our historic records include many role models and important events and that, once shared, help instill a real sense of pride in our youth.”

Casper Holstein

The senator said that on behalf of the members of the 33rd Legislature and in recognition of Virgin Islands History Month, he is presenting all the territory’s school libraries with copies of the Legislature’s Oath of Office Ceremony booklet. The booklets provide biographical information on current senators, details on the functions and evolution of the local government, and the history of the Capitol Building. Historical background on official Virgin Islands symbols, such as the Virgin Islands seal, flower, bird and flag is also included.

Virgin Islands History Month

Members of the 33rd Legislature have recorded short biographical snapshots of important Virgin Islands history makers. These recordings will be shared during the month of March via LEGITTV. Gittens will highlight Rothschild Francis and Casper Holstein in his presentations.

The 33rd Legislature will also host a Transfer Day commemoration later this month, the senate president said. Transfer Day (March 31) is a legal Virgin Islands holiday commemorating the date in 1917 that the former Danish West Indies was transferred to the United States.