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Sir Francis Drake Highway to be renamed – Premier Fahie

- said highway will eventually carry the name of a VI hero
The Sir Francis Drake Highway in the Virgin Islands (VI) will soon be renamed to reflect the legacy of a Virgin Islands hero, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) announced last evening, March 2, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
Touching on the legacy of late Chief Minister, H. Levity Stoutt during last evening’s broadcast of the VIP Let's Talk radio programme on ZBVI 780am, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said the highway remains a great legacy of Stoutt’s tenure in the VI. Photo: Facebook/File
Touching on the legacy of late Chief Minister, H. Levity Stoutt during last evening’s broadcast of the VIP Let's Talk radio programme on ZBVI 780am, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said the highway remains a great legacy of Stoutt’s tenure in the VI. Photo: Facebook/File
A section of Sir Francis Drake Highway in the area of Cox Heath. Photo: VINO
A section of Sir Francis Drake Highway in the area of Cox Heath. Photo: VINO
While Premier Andrew A. Fahie did not say who’s name the road will reflect, the announcement comes following a rift between the public and ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert after he called for the names of landmarks by the perpetrators of slavery to be preserved in the territory while in a Monday, September 7, 2020, interview with 284 Media. Photo: Facebook/File
While Premier Andrew A. Fahie did not say who’s name the road will reflect, the announcement comes following a rift between the public and ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert after he called for the names of landmarks by the perpetrators of slavery to be preserved in the territory while in a Monday, September 7, 2020, interview with 284 Media. Photo: Facebook/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Sir Francis Drake Highway in the Virgin Islands (VI) will soon be renamed to reflect the legacy of a Virgin Islands hero, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) announced last evening, March 2, 2021.

Touching on the legacy of the late Chief Minister, H. Lavity Stoutt during last evening’s broadcast of the VIP Let's Talk radio programme on ZBVI 780 AM, Hon Fahie said the highway remains a great legacy of Mr Stoutt’s tenure in the VI.

Road a legacy of H.L. Stoutt - Hon Malone 

“One of the exciting things for me during the tenure that I can remember, was to learn how H.L. Stoutt was able to bring the road we call Drakes Highway, which eventually we will get to change the name to one of our local heroes,” Hon Fahie said.

The Premier mentioned that before the existence of the road, persons had to walk and sail to get to town, “to know that we drive there more than one time a day and think nothing of it, its amazing," he said.

While Hon Fahie did not say who’s name the road will reflect, the announcement comes following a rift between the public and ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert after he called for the names of landmarks in honour of perpetrators of slavery to be preserved in the territory.

On the Monday, September 7, 2020, interview with 284 Media, the Governor also indicated that the VI will receive no slavery reparations as a policy of the UK, sparking outrage from Virgin Islanders, including radio hosts/social commentators Claude O. Skelton Cline and Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju Enka’, who had called for places in the VI named after slave traders, thieves and murderers to be renamed.

Preserve names of slavery perpetrators - Ex-Gov Jaspert 

“All the places that we have is named after these murderers and thieves," Smith told the listening audience on an episode on his Umoja show on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Ex-Governor Jaspert had indicated that his difference in opinion was to preserve the names of landmarks, that were named after people, like Sir Francis Drake, who inflicted decades of harm and suffering on the ancestors of Virgin Islanders and other Caribbean people.

After his statements, many progressive locals claimed that the Governor’s response and presence in the VI was a manifestation of white supremacy and that his office remains a remnant of slavery and oppressive colonial rule.

70 Responses to “Sir Francis Drake Highway to be renamed – Premier Fahie ”

  • Names (03/03/2021, 08:15) Like (57) Dislike (22) Reply
    Nobody cares. Name man made infrastructure anything you want because nobody cares.
    • josiah'sbay (03/03/2021, 09:48) Like (12) Dislike (21) Reply
      @Names, nobody cares?, You just don't have a clue.
      • HAHA (03/03/2021, 13:04) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
        Will that change the hatred yall have for foreigners and in some cases even your own family???bvilove???? Where???
        • Why Bother (03/03/2021, 19:02) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
          Beef Islands Airport - renamed after Terence Lettsome but nobody uses his name and it is still Beef Island Airport
          Blackburn Highway - renamed after James Walter Francis , whose name appears on a plaque at one end of the road, but everybody still calls it the Highway or Blackburn Highway.
          Maya Cove - renamed as a creek after somebody called Hodge but everybody calls still calls it Maya Cove
          Government Admin Complex - renamed after Uncle Ralph but still called the Government Admin Complex
          Peebles Hospital - renamed after Orlando Smith but still called Peebles.
          And on and on!
          There was a suggestion a few years ago that it should be a criminal offence to call a place by its old name!
          The Augustus Ulysses Dump, or the Useless Dump, has a certain ring!
      • NezRez (03/03/2021, 16:25) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ Josiah’s Bay... I agree with you. We have had quite a few who are so deserving to have their names placed there. They were the pioneers who fought for us and made a difference for our people. Also @Names, Josiah’s Bay is correct, you don’t have a clue because our forefathers gave their lives to make it better for us, and you say it doesn’t matter? It does matter, these people they have named our roads, buildings, Holidays after etc, were slave owners and pirates. Maybe you are just too young or just heartless or racist to understand....What’s In A Name carries a heavy weight and the chosen name should carry RESPECT!
    • jokes (03/03/2021, 17:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Name it the Lord Fraser highway after the man that had so much success with traffic lights and a wall in SCB
  • taxman (03/03/2021, 08:24) Like (155) Dislike (12) Reply
    Should be more concerned with fixing the road rather than renaming it. It is embarrassing that we expect to sell the BVI as a tourist destination when the roads wouldn't even be acceptable for a third world country
    • @taxman (03/03/2021, 12:50) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is facts. i dont know whats worse, driving on patchy roads, or ditching potholes.
    • Yep. (03/03/2021, 17:13) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Here in the BVI we used to drive on the left hand side of the road. Now we drive on what's left of it.
  • Asphalt king (03/03/2021, 08:35) Like (68) Dislike (3) Reply
    Fix it up properly then rename it
  • tola (03/03/2021, 08:57) Like (56) Dislike (3) Reply
    Before you rename it ---- FIX IT PROPERLY !!
    • Real (03/03/2021, 09:18) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
      The road is not in dire need of fixing. It is so good that I fear the speeding on that highway. Doen't need anything done for it to be renamed. H. L. Stoutt Highway!!!
  • Ask the people (03/03/2021, 09:07) Like (39) Dislike (4) Reply
    Before making executive decision of such magnitude please ask “we the people” what we think of the renaming
    • we the people (03/03/2021, 10:56) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      We put them their to represent it is clear the people do not hold the idea that these were good people.

      Good job. Let the haters hate the highway is in excellent condition but they wouldn’t know that.
  • good (03/03/2021, 09:19) Like (58) Dislike (15) Reply
    And we will name the incinerator after this Premier!
  • Local (03/03/2021, 09:31) Like (7) Dislike (26) Reply
    All those comments from non locals cause we local care about the name as well .
  • Well Well (03/03/2021, 09:37) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    So if you want to change name based on the pass which did exist like it or not it is the written history!! why don't you change your last names also to your ancestors and not use the slave masters last name Thomas,Potter,Smith,Fahie(irish). don't do things based on emotions and only when its convenience for you!
    • josiah'sbay (03/03/2021, 19:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Actually, that is a great suggestion however much more difficult of a task.
    • @wellwell (03/03/2021, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      You have been badly miseducated those names are not slave masters name. Some of them we brought them over when we came from Europe running from the oppression and invasion of the lands that were considered part of what is called Africa today. Place research and know your identity and stop believing in the narrative and trusting that all info is true.
  • Eagle Eye (03/03/2021, 09:45) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
    The name and the road currently is oppressive
  • The TRUTH (03/03/2021, 10:07) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Bout time.
  • ? (03/03/2021, 10:30) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Nobody calls it Sir Francis Drake Highway, its the coastal road?! Still, carry on.
  • my thoughts (03/03/2021, 10:39) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The son of the soil local engineer who carved that beautiful pathway should be given the honor .
  • west (03/03/2021, 11:13) Like (28) Dislike (8) Reply
    Like Really. I personally think that's the appropriate name for that road since it's overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Our Government is messed up. There's things that needs to be addressed they are not studying. SMH. Andrew the failure.
    • imagine (03/03/2021, 11:49) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      This is what they can talk about When thousands of people can't pay loans, bills and provide meals for their families,,,,,,,,,Why he could not have said The Seaport was due to open April 15 But we put the necessary work in and it will be open Mach 20th,,,, Bring us good news show that they are working,,,,,,,, Leave the road issue alone we have other incoming government that can deal with that,. Get you all act together, focus on getting economical activities going in the country,,
  • HLOLEBOY (03/03/2021, 11:20) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    HON. H.L. STOUTT COASTALWAY. Them cuss Lavity when he wanted to build the road. It is only fitting to rename that road the H.L. STOUTT COASTALWAY.
    • Strupes (03/03/2021, 11:38) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      the colllege already name after him now u want name the highway after him strupess just change the name of Tortola while u at!!
    • Stamp Approval (03/03/2021, 15:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      The young engineer,a son of the soil did the work and a fantastic job and for a lot less doll srs than a barge playing guard. HI s expertise is also responsible for other public projects and buildings that were platforms for the VI rising.
    • @HLOLEBOY (03/03/2021, 19:08) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hon. Lavity names it Sir Francis Drake
      Why changing it??
  • Great IDea! (03/03/2021, 11:22) Like (2) Dislike (16) Reply

    Thank you Premier! Great idea!

    And thank goodness that dreadful racist bigot g*s has GONE!

  • only in BVI (03/03/2021, 11:55) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why must everything be named after a politician when some of them have done the country irreparable damage and harm. Many politicians have made decisions on matters they had absolutely no clue about and we are left to live with the consequences. I recently heard about plans to name the dock and park in Baughers Bay after Omar Hodge. What about Earnest Pickering and Lenny Pickering who created one of the first slipways in the Virgin Islands built a dock that was home port for the M\V Joan of Arc and M\V Empress of Tortola. They also gave up their property including a lovely beach so that the road could be cut on flat land. It would not be fair to bypass these people and name that area in honor of anyone else. There are many other examples of politics destroying our history and culture but like one blogger says... carry on.
  • Lolmaoo (03/03/2021, 12:02) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lord then house slave and masters vex ....da hold them
  • @west (03/03/2021, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    True good idea so andrew let next rename the channel too to accommodate the too. The virgin islands channel
  • Ask the people (03/03/2021, 12:14) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Before making executive decision of such magnitude please ask “we the people” what we think of the renaming
  • @ well well (03/03/2021, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    well said > and while you at it - let's get the real African history from the beginning - as far as I am hearing
  • High Way (03/03/2021, 13:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    While on the HIGH WAY driving , we'll be looking out @ Drake's Chanel.
  • Computer (03/03/2021, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I recommend that they name the highway after Randolph Pickering, OBE of Mainstreet. His commitment to this development of the BVI should be rewarded.
  • lodger (03/03/2021, 13:53) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have you all forgotten that Ralph passed a law making it illegal to change traditional place names. This American/Caribbean idea of naming things after people is fraught with unforeseen consequences.
  • name (03/03/2021, 13:59) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    How about Coast Road. Then sections can be dedicated to relevant people. ie Coast Road at the Romney Park, Coast Road Fraser Velvet carpet....
  • nane (03/03/2021, 15:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    andrew please be careful how you are making your msoves they might come back to hurt you and the country
  • My say (03/03/2021, 16:23) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    The names should be preserved not to glorify them but so that generations can remember that these were the men who perpetrated slavery on our race, and the black race can learn and never again be enslaved physically or mentally.
  • lol (03/03/2021, 17:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think Sir Francis Drake Highway is apt as it looks like he has been firing cannon balls at the road and not been fixed since the 1580's. Possible suggest the "road to hell", and it can have a song also.
  • Almost (03/03/2021, 18:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    every place in the BVI is named after a person or place from/in the UK. Will we change them all?
  • Road Name (03/03/2021, 18:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are they going to name it? Corruption Close?
  • Hero? (03/03/2021, 18:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one will be referring to him as a hero when the COI publishes their findings
  • The channel (03/03/2021, 19:15) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The road was named after the channel
    The name of the channel is on thousands of marine maps around the world. You want them all be changed too? BAD IDEA
  • josiah'sbay (03/03/2021, 19:32) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    It's strange that where ever the conqueror conquered they had no problem with renaming those places and things to reflect who they were. We on the other hand have so much inner torment at reflecting who we are for fear of offending our former colonizer. Why is it so hard for descendants of enslaved people cast aside any vestige of our oppressors? Why?
  • SMH (03/03/2021, 19:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How VINO alone get these stories from the government.
  • musa (03/03/2021, 20:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Horse track new name coming soon
  • highway (04/03/2021, 01:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Louis Walters Highway
  • No offense but (04/03/2021, 07:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is ALOT of what is sometimes called ‘participation trophy’ mentality here in our islands.
    People getting buildings and roads names after them for just existing; praise heaped on all sorts of people for just existing; wild community excitement over very minor business successes etc. It looks sometimes like we are desperate to big ourselves up which suggests we have low self esteem. Which we shouldn’t because there some world beating BVIslanders, including in sports. But claiming a plot of land and putting a building on it and naming it after yourself, your grandpa or something is a little childlike, imho.
  • Straight (04/03/2021, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all post what you want and leave the facts out. Changing the name of that highway will be destroying a part of the late chief minister,s legacy. He was the person who had that road built and named. Why change it? He was happy to achieve that and drove on it until his death. Do not be too hasty in changing what others before you did.
  • coi (04/03/2021, 10:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets call it commission of inquiry! cause it would be a name to remember, and while we at it lets change the name Tortola since Columbus was a slave master and lets erase that he ever existed... matter of fact lets just live free do anything you want!!!!!
  • Oh No .not right (04/03/2021, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Any name changing of road
    Should be renamed hon. Kye Rhymer highway .Andrew have nothing to do with these streets . .find some where else put that name fahie strupsss
  • belonger (07/03/2021, 13:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Since the October public holiday is now "Heroes’ and Forefathers Day" why not rename the road "Heros' Highway". Then every year on Heroes’ and Forefathers Day another Hero's name will be added to the list of those honored. Banners with images of the Heros can be flown each year on the holiday to honor them, that way the list of honorees will grow over time.


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