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H.L. Stoutt's legacy should be 'drilled' into younger generation' – Hon Julian Fraser RA

- said territory must continue to develop in honour of the territory's first Chief Minister
Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said that the territory of the Virgin Islands must continue to develop if it is to honour the legacy of the Virgin Islands' first Chief Minister Hamilton Lavity Stoutt. Photo: VINO
Hon Fraser just after laying his wreath at the grave site of H. Lavity Stoutt. Photo: VINO
Hon Fraser just after laying his wreath at the grave site of H. Lavity Stoutt. Photo: VINO
Honourable Fraser said that it is the duty and responsibility of all those coming after H.L. Stoutt to continue his legacy and charged Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith to do the same as had Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE before him. Photo: Provided
Honourable Fraser said that it is the duty and responsibility of all those coming after H.L. Stoutt to continue his legacy and charged Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith to do the same as had Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE before him. Photo: Provided
A section of the gathering for the annual commemoration for the late H. Lavity Stoutt. Photo: VINO
A section of the gathering for the annual commemoration for the late H. Lavity Stoutt. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience attending the ceremony. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience attending the ceremony. Photo: VINO
CAPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said the territory of the Virgin Islands must continue to develop if it is to honour the legacy of the Virgin Islands' first and longest serving Chief Minister Hamilton Lavity Stoutt.

Honourable Fraser made the remarks at the annual grave site memorial today March 7, 2016 at the Capoon's Bay burial ground, during which a number of dignitaries, including Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, First District Representative and Senior Opposition member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn among other officials of Government, attended.

The Opposition Leader said that it is important to remind the younger generation of the legacy of H. Lavity Stoutt, what he stood for and what he achieved during his time on earth.

“The younger generation...would not know of any of this unless we constantly drill it into them,” he said.

Recounting some of what the late former Chief Minister achieved, Honourable Fraser said that he recalled as a young man going to school he would meet other persons his age from other parts of Tortola that he did not know because there was no such integration prior to H. L Stoutt's efforts.

“It was only on August Monday when we go into town and you see these people your age that look strange to you...but they were Virgin Islanders. And then came H.L. Stoutt in 1968 and he gave us what was called a comprehensive school. That became the catalyst for what we have today, when we all meet together, not like in the hymn, but on Tortola,” he said.

According to Honourable Fraser, the annual commemoration serves to remind visitors that the Virgin Islands was not discovered, but developed. “So when you come to Tortola and you see it, this was not how it always was, so you didn't discover Tortola. It was developed on the backs of men like H.L. Stoutt,” he said.

Honourable Fraser said that it is the duty and responsibility of all those coming after H.L. Stoutt to continue his legacy and charged Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith to do the same as had Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE before him.

“May [H.L. Stoutt's] legacy live on through us and may we the people continue to uphold that obligation that we have,” he concluded.

Longest serving Chief Minister

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt (7 March 1929 – 14 May 1995) was the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the [British] Virgin Islands, winning five general elections (1967, 1979, 1986, 1991 and 1995) and serving three non-consecutive terms of office from 1967 to 1971, again from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1986 until his death in 1995.

He also served as a parliamentarian in the Legislative Council from 1957 until 1967 prior to the adoption of the 1967 constitution, and at the time of his death was thought to be the longest serving Parliamentarian in the Caribbean. He was a founder of and the leader of the United Party, but after splitting from the party in 1971 went on to found the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

Since Mr Stoutt's death in 1995, a public holiday has been declared annually in his memory on his birthday, March 7.

14 Responses to “H.L. Stoutt's legacy should be 'drilled' into younger generation' – Hon Julian Fraser RA”

  • Oh yeah (07/03/2016, 14:55) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    FRASER IS THE MAN
  • wize up (07/03/2016, 15:19) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I will continue to say and might be wrong; no leader after stoutt look out for the development of territory: Hon stoutt made sure roads were develop, stoutt made sure an airport was develop, he made sure the territory had an airline, cruise ports and other national developments....most of the others leaders after stoutt are looking out for their personal self interest or only improving their given political districts; as an example stoutt represented the first district but he was open minded enough and built the college out of his district( he could have built the college in the West)....just saying!!!!
  • please (07/03/2016, 15:42) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look at some of them NDP hypocrites who going on like Stoutt did nothing for the BVI look dem now at ceremony playing saint…set of hypocrites they are
    • wize up (07/03/2016, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ please: stop getting worked up over the NDP; once you figure out what is going on the rest is alright..
    • @ please (07/03/2016, 18:22) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
      I must agree with you as the NDP has hoodwink and Bamboozle the people with cocka-may-may and LIES
  • they did good things too (07/03/2016, 19:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about laying wreaths on CB Romney and Willard Wheatley graves??
    • family (07/03/2016, 21:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      We are reaping the sweets from CB ideas (financial services and cruise tourism) with the help of Willard and Lavity.
  • shut it (07/03/2016, 23:32) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    He and they all only talking this stuff on this day. After today no one is thinking to uphold his legacy. No one acts on anything around here, that is the problem...Sickening.
  • Hmmm. (08/03/2016, 06:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is Stoutt related to the Cabinet Secretary? They sure look alike.
  • INYURWAIST (08/03/2016, 08:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah, Stoutt related to the Cabinet Secretary. Both ancestors hailed from the African State of Ghana, West Africa.
    Generations have a way of resembling over time. Check closer, you too may be related.
  • Yeah but (08/03/2016, 10:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand Stoutt was a great leader but everyone seems to forget that he made the biggest blunder of all as a leader. And that was to lease Wickhams Cay and most of Anegada (for 99 years). Noel Lloyd and Positive Action Movement are who saved this country. Yes he went on to be a good leader, but let's also remember the whole picture.. Had those deals lasted, there would not have been much for him to lead.
  • ausar (08/03/2016, 16:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Yeah but",I agree. Noel Lloyd was the man. Too bad he wasn't elected as Chief Minister.

    So many chunes for Stoutty. None for the rest.What a dull chorus this country has been singing for decades!


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