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'The Proclamation was not first read @ Sunday Morning Well' – Mrs Eileen Parsons, OBE

-said Virgin Islanders like to write their own history
“Now we in the BVI, we love to write our own history and it is said and it is not so, that the proclamation was read from the Sunday Morning Well. It is not true,” exclaimed Mrs. Eileen Parsons as she addressed members of the Rotary Club of Tortola on July 31, 2014. Photo: VINO
She was the guest speaker of the Rotary Club to speak on emancipation and the Territory was gearing up to commence celebrations and festivities to mark the 60th year of the Emancipation celebrations in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
She was the guest speaker of the Rotary Club to speak on emancipation and the Territory was gearing up to commence celebrations and festivities to mark the 60th year of the Emancipation celebrations in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
She recalled that in those days they built tents with coconut branches, “and the Methodists since they were the better cooks because they were from the county … they would have their different foods, a band would play and people would have the little egg and spoon races and people would gather around the band stand and enjoy themselves.” Photo: VINO
She recalled that in those days they built tents with coconut branches, “and the Methodists since they were the better cooks because they were from the county … they would have their different foods, a band would play and people would have the little egg and spoon races and people would gather around the band stand and enjoy themselves.” Photo: VINO
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI - “Now we in the BVI, we love to write our own history and it is said and it is not so, that the proclamation was read from the Sunday Morning Well. It is not true,” exclaimed Mrs. Eileen Parsons OBE as she addressed members of the Rotary Club of Tortola on July 31, 2014.

She was the guest speaker of the Rotary Club to speak on emancipation and the Territory was gearing up to commence celebrations and festivities to mark the 60th year of the Emancipation celebrations in the Virgin Islands, a diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Going back to the history books that are printed in her head Mrs. Parsons recalled that it was in 1834 the British Parliament decided that it was time to emancipate the Africans they had in the English speaking Caribbean. This resulted in the Emancipation being read the first Monday of August, which was August 1.

“The Proclamation was read from the pulpits of the Anglican and the Methodist Churches,” she said in setting the records straight. She further explained that the slaves would not have been allowed to gather en masse at the Sunday Morning Well.

“And it wasn’t even called the Sunday Morning Well then. It was just a trough for animals to be watered when they came in from the hills or wherever but because the proclamation was read that Monday, the freed African of course, since they were liberated, they decided that on the different plantations they would have a celebration,” she explained.

She said that it was from then to now that the first Monday in August is being celebrated as emancipation or Festival.

She said that in the late 40s and very early 50s the Anglicans and the Methodists alternated in the celebrations. “One year the Anglicans would have the little celebrations by the Band Stand, the next year the Methodists,” said Mrs. Parsons.

She recalled that in those days they built tents with coconut branches, “and the Methodists since they were the better cooks because they were from the county… they would have their different foods, a band would play and people would have the little egg and spoon races and people would gather around the band stand and enjoy themselves.”

16 Responses to “'The Proclamation was not first read @ Sunday Morning Well' – Mrs Eileen Parsons, OBE”

  • pat (08/08/2014, 17:19) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Can someone tell this women her obe is not a phd!!!!!
  • Real (08/08/2014, 18:34) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    so with all she knows about BVI Culture and history she couldnt tell her grand daughter that the passion fruit flower has no significant value to the bvi culture ...
  • billet (08/08/2014, 18:44) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why is only now you coming with that? Were you not a part of VIP when they placed that plaque at the Sunday Morning Well? Well sah......
  • alpine (08/08/2014, 19:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. P you have a wealth of knowledge you need to write a history book for not too many young people really know the history of these beautiful virgin islands very good knowledge.
  • qc (08/08/2014, 19:25) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    the more she talk the more in her old age she sounds liek a moo moo
  • voters speak (08/08/2014, 20:27) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ms. Parsons your NDP are a huge heartbreaking disappointment and they have left us with no choice but to put back the talentless and inept VIP back in power.
  • Yes (08/08/2014, 21:33) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    ayo sure she aint had in one or two?
  • black label (08/08/2014, 21:34) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    That's the maubie talking.
  • rieel george (08/08/2014, 21:38) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    "look for the lady with the torch not the one under the influence of jack daniel"
  • really?? (09/08/2014, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Were you there Ms. Parsons? On what are you basing these new findings. When you bring the proof then I will believe your ramblings...until then stoptrying to rewrite history.
  • teacher john (10/08/2014, 01:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any effective history lession can only be based on proper understanding of reality, and that seems to be lacking on all levels of BVI government.
  • when (10/08/2014, 06:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must agree with Really??. On what are you basing these findings? Who knows the truth? I was told it was read at the Sunday Morning well and now she says this. #smh #whotobelieve
    • @ Really and When (12/08/2014, 02:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Unfortunately, she is correct about where it was first read. In fact when it was read in the vicinity of the well it was read under the tree located near the well. Sadly is the truth is not what the majority of people in the BVI want to hear it MUST be wrong. Just be reminded that broad is the road that leads to destruction.
  • open wide (11/08/2014, 21:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Obviously still as drunk as a bat.


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