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The 'other side of VI history' is now up for sale

-PLS launches new book ‘Struggles and Triumphs’
Author of the newest book that features the history of the Virgin Islands, Ms Jennie Wheatley poses with Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn who presented her with a token at the launch ceremony. Photo: VINO
Mrs Eileene L. Parsons, one of the participants during the process of the information gathering for the writing of the book. She takes her first brush through of the copy that was presented to her at the launch ceremony. Photo: VINO
Mrs Eileene L. Parsons, one of the participants during the process of the information gathering for the writing of the book. She takes her first brush through of the copy that was presented to her at the launch ceremony. Photo: VINO
Participant Mr Carlo Woods jumped from the poverty of Tortola to St. Thomas and landed plenty. He now owns a piece of land where he got his first job in Bovoni in St. Thomas. Photo: VINO
Participant Mr Carlo Woods jumped from the poverty of Tortola to St. Thomas and landed plenty. He now owns a piece of land where he got his first job in Bovoni in St. Thomas. Photo: VINO
Participant Mrs Adeline Leonard was a teacher who taught at Road Town Elementary School and St. Georges School before moving to St. Thomas with her husband. From St. Thomas she moved to New York and then back St. Thomas for another 30 years. She later returned to Tortola and is now residing in Brewers Bay. Photo: VINO
Participant Mrs Adeline Leonard was a teacher who taught at Road Town Elementary School and St. Georges School before moving to St. Thomas with her husband. From St. Thomas she moved to New York and then back St. Thomas for another 30 years. She later returned to Tortola and is now residing in Brewers Bay. Photo: VINO
From left are participants Mrs Daisy Callwood, Mr Reginald Callwood and Mrs Delma Sprauve. Photo: VINO
From left are participants Mrs Daisy Callwood, Mr Reginald Callwood and Mrs Delma Sprauve. Photo: VINO
Persons attending the launch ceremony took the early opportunity presented to them to grab their personal copy of the book. Photo: VINO
Persons attending the launch ceremony took the early opportunity presented to them to grab their personal copy of the book. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience present to witness the launch of the book 'Struggles and Triumphs. The ceremony was held on May 2, 2013 at Maria's by the Sea. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience present to witness the launch of the book 'Struggles and Triumphs. The ceremony was held on May 2, 2013 at Maria's by the Sea. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The wealth of any nation’s history lies in the memories of those who would have lived it. In many cases those memories are recorded but equally there are aspects that fail to make it in black and white. The graves of many carry these stories with them but unfortunately they cannot be heard, cannot be told nor can they be read.

This morning, May 3, 2013 the Public Library Service awoke to having on its shelves a new book titled “Struggles and Triumphs”, a book written by prominent Virgin Islands author Ms Jennie Wheatley. The book was launched last evening, May 2, 2013 by the Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Public Library Service. The ceremony was held at Maria’s by the Sea’s conference room and attended by many writers, readers, participants among other specially invited guests.

Underscoring the significance of the history captured and inked in the book, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Mryon V. Walwyn applauded its author, participants and supporters for the initiative that will now tell the world the other side of the history of the Virgin Islands.

"Triumphs and Struggles tells a story of us as Virgin Islanders long before we marketed our shores as a pristine  tourist destination or top financial services jurisdiction."

Hon. Walwyn reflected on the hard times that residents of the Virgin Islanders would have gone through in days gone by but alluded to its significance in making the Territory what it is today as is captured in the book. "I heard the recollections of the elders of the daunting struggles Virgin Islanders had in finding employment opportunities. Many of our young people and visitors may never have heard of the contributions during the great World War II or even recall the close connections between the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands [that] came to be."

The Minister said citizens of the Virgin Islands now have an opportunity to visit the rich history of yesteryear. "Travel the history and explore a wealth of information. The contributions of this book, Triumphs and Struggles, in preserving the history of our people and of struggles of Virgin Islanders and belongers...would help ground future generations in our identity as long as it is available and our public library should remain a place of exploration."

Author Ms Jennie Wheatley has a rooted wealthy history of service in the education system of the Virgin Islands. She had taken on the challenge of compiling and writing the book having been inspired by the stories being told in recordings of a number of participants.

She was choosen for the task of writing the book because of her history in productive oral history projects and the fact that she is an accomplished author. The documentary and the book were based on information gathered from VIslanders who migrated to the US Virgin Islands and further afields in the 1940s in search of a better life.

It captures the hardships and successes, poverty and better days, and the yearning for advancement for themselves and families of the participants, some of whom have since passed on following the recordings.

Most of the participants are still alive today and no doubt have a lot more stories to tell that are vital to the rich history of the Virgin Islands, some told and others not yet. One thing is sure is that a side that has never been explored for the history writing is now captured in the new book 'Struggles and Triumphs', which is on the shelves of the Public Library Service for sale to the public.

Among those participants present to witness the launch of the book were Mrs Delma Sprauve, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons, Mr Carlo Woods, Mrs Adeline Leonard, Mr Reginald Callwood and Mrs Daisy Callwood. Others who contributed to the book include Mr Eugene Fahie, Mrs Ethie Rabsatt, Ms Ruth Thomas, Mr Waldo O'Neal, Mrs Angeline Smith, and Mr Everad Smith.

17 Responses to “The 'other side of VI history' is now up for sale”

  • . (03/05/2013, 07:53) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    There goes mr photo op...thats the best ah he
    • just an opinion (03/05/2013, 11:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Allyuh should be vex with yuhselves for voting for um
      • Positive (04/05/2013, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why all the negative. This story is Mrs. Wheatley launching a book and you can not
        make a positive comment. What is your problem is your life so messed up. Associate with
        people that are positive and you will notice how you will be more positive.
  • virgin gorda (03/05/2013, 08:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    kudus teacher jennie
  • ooooo (03/05/2013, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    why not pay a hundred thou for this one also?
    • backwards (03/05/2013, 13:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      At times, I think this man has less of a greater grasp of the education ministry and money spending than the x minister.
  • Hmm (03/05/2013, 09:03) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Now build a new library to put the new book in!
    • ccc (03/05/2013, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      dem lie and say the vip left dem broke remember so no $$$$ for a library tis for high paid speech writers
  • got your back (03/05/2013, 09:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    look my boy doing big things.keep it up HON.Myron...don't mine what them vipsssss have to say with you all the wayyyyy.
  • JACK BE STILL (03/05/2013, 09:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go teacher you have done well!!!!
  • Windy (03/05/2013, 09:46) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    Check out the $ 96,000.00 public relations smile on Myron that the tax payers are paying for. HELP US LONDON
  • Teacher Jennie (03/05/2013, 11:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a wonderful story to read this morning. I haven't read the book but I know, if Teacher Jennie is the author, then it is very well written. Along with Mrs. Parsons and others, what better set of noble people are suitable to write our history. Mrs. Wheatley doesn't change with the wind the blows. The best English teacher I ever had, and that was in 1979, and the same person today. Down to earth, honest and full of integrity. Well done Teach, I have to get a copy now.
  • Memories (04/05/2013, 18:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVIHS had the greatest English teachers. That is why it is shameful to read the blogs at times. Teachers like Teacher Jennie, Mrs. Lake, Ms. Archibald and others prepared us for the future. What is written on the blogs is a disservice to all our English teachers. Let us strive to do better.
  • C. Brown (04/05/2013, 21:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Teacher Jennie. We are fortunate to have you add yet another jewel of knowledge to educate BvIslanders and expats alike about the BVI.



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