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August 7th, 2018
Emancipation: For better, not worse and forward, not backward

Alfred C. Frett

Let not haste and waste precipitate our fall: There is a strange feeling in the air as persons ask if we are ready to vote or ready to run and when asked whether we have already entered 2019, their response is that we should be getting ready for another Snap Election.

August 7th, 2018
Small but a good Parade 2018; usual late start, stalled trucks

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite the many residents who said the money could have been better used to fixed schools and help those who are still homeless following the 2017 Hurricanes, the 'August Monday' 2018 Parade, went on as planned and has come to a close.

August 6th, 2018
Somber reflections as VI observes 2018 Sunrise ‘Emancipation’ Service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Emancipation activities continue across the Territory, as residents observe the annual festivities not just, the glitz and glamour, street tramps and parades but on more somber tones too, such as this morning, August 6, 2018, at the Queen Elizabeth Park, when scores gathered for the traditional ‘Sunrise Service’ held at 7:00 AM.

August 2nd, 2018
"But be happy the Brits ended the slave trade"

Thomas C. Famous

A quote from someone upset about the way Britain has been portrayed about its role in the global slave trade. They attempt to make 'emancipation' sound as if this was an act of 'divine generosity,' on the part of the British.

August 16th, 2017
‘Tumbleweed is good at disguising itself’ – Claude O. Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Where there is the absence of worthy leadership, unworthy persons will lead. Where there is the absence of worthy leadership, unworthy leadership will arise.”

August 13th, 2016
Are we there yet?

By Thomas C. Famous

Are we there yet? This is a question frequently asked by persons on a journey to a place not yet known to them.

July 21st, 2016
More attention must be paid to August Monday Parade- E.G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While not agreeing that the Ministry of Education should be separated from the Department of Culture as it relates to having one Minister oversee it, television talk show host Edmund G. Maduro feels strongly that a more concerted attention should be paid to the annual Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival celebrations.

August 14th, 2015
‘Why must we pay to enter Festival events?’ – asks Donald E. de Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host and social commentator Donald E. de Castro is peeved that members of the public have to pay to get entry into what are supposed to be Emancipation celebrations during Festival.

September 2nd, 2014
'Know what you're celebrating!' - chides Donald E. De Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Donald E. De Castro wants people of the Virgin Islands to make the clear distinction between emancipation and abolition and to aid in this he has penned an article which he hopes will clear up the misconceptions between the two terms and help people to understand their history and celebrate it more appropriately.

August 10th, 2014
UPDATE: 60th Festival winners announced @ closing ceremony

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The full list of winners of this year’s Festival Parade was released last night August 9, 2014 at the closing ceremony held at the Iris Freeman Festiville in Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Islands.



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