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International Day of Monuments and Sites

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International Day for Monuments discussion with Former Senator Myron Jackson about the bust of King Christian the IX being removed from the Emancipation Gardens public space as a result of public outcry. The measure appropriates $20,000 from the St. Thomas Capital Improvement Fund to cover the cost of removing and replacing the sculpture. Additionally, the program promotes new discourses, alternative and nuanced approaches to established historical narratives, and promotes inclusive and diverse points of view.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lecture, Unit of Study

Author: Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education

The Charlotte Amalie Saladoid Excavation Documentary

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More than 2,000 years ago there was likely a thriving Taino community in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. In 2013 contractors began turning up shards of pottery and other artifacts during otherwise routine roadwork on Main Street near Market Square. Work was temporarily halted and archeologists were called in to help dig up what was described as a “major” find. Thousands of artifacts were eventually discovered in a relatively small area. A short documentary was later produced about the dig and the many interesting objects found on site. - - US Virgin Islands DPNR and the State Office of Historic Preservation

Material Type: Lecture, Lesson

Author: Government House Virgin Islands

Rewriting History | Jeannette Ehlers

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Jeannette Ehlers is a Danish-Trinidadian multi disciplinary visual artist who aims to disrupt the dominating narratives and replace them with ones that acknowledge the aspects of history that have thus far been ignored. Ehlers engages themes of visibility, identity, and collective memory, such as her work I am Queen Mary, which represents one of four queens who led the 1878 labor revolt in Saint Croix, a former Danish colony. Presenting her works at the sixth MAD Symposium, Ehlers discusses how it is possible to reframe history so that it is inclusive to all and provides examples how to do so through her works. Ehlers engages us, urging us to see how art, and other mediums like food, can provoke, lead and guide, people to better self-understanding. Michael Miller is the co-founder of the London and New York Meditation Center. Miller regularly teaches all across the globe, introducing the ancient technique of Vedic Meditation in a way that is accessible and relevant to people living in today's world. Interweaving practical techniques with vocal advice, Miller compels us to see how meditation can make us more available, responsive, and active in our lives. By tuning in to, and ridding ourselves of stress we can create better kitchen environments, he argues. About MAD: MAD is a non-profit transforming our food system by giving chefs and restaurateurs the skills, community, time, and space to create real and sustainable change in their restaurants, their communities, and across the world.

Material Type: Lecture, Primary Source

Author: MAD

Virgin Islands Cultural Notebook: Denmark Vesey

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Denmark Vesey worked as a carpenter and was formerly an enslaved person. Vesey was born in the Danish West Indies, which are now known as the Virgin Islands of the United States. Vesey allegedly plotted an enslaved uprising in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1822 to coincide with Bastille Day. Vesey patterned his movement after Haiti's successful 1791 slave revolt.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Stephanie Chalana Brown

Virgin Islands Cultural Notebook: Virgin Islands Puerto Rican Friendship Day

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Friendship Day between the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is a public holiday observed in the United States Virgin Islands on the second Monday of October. The holiday was established in 1964 by Governor Paiewonsky to recognize Puerto Ricans who live in the Virgin Islands or have made significant contributions to the territory. The date was chosen to coincide with Columbus Day, as it was seen as "an ideal day for recognizing Americans' solidarity with the Caribbean.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education

Virgin Islands Cultural Notebook: July 3rd Emancipation

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It was determined in 1847 that future children born to enslaved laborers would be free, and that slavery would be abolished totally in 1859. Instead of agreeing to the deal, the enslaved began mobilizing, and on July 3rd, 1848, an estimated 8,000 enslaved individuals demanded their freedom 1848, an estimated 8,000 enslaved individuals demanded their freedom in Frederiksted in front of Fort Frederiksværn.

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Stephanie Chalana Brown

Sea Walls St Croix Artists for Oceans

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Sea Walls St Croix Artists for Oceans was brought to St. Croix by the PangeaSeed Foundation in partnership with Clean Sweep Frederiksted to empower our community to create meaningful environmental change for our Oceans through ARTivism, education and science. The public artworks serve as educational tools and conversation-starters addressing marine environmental issues relevant to the local community. The goal is to ignite ownership for the sustainability of natural resources. ​ The first Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project took place on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands in December 2019. PangeaSeed’s team of international and local artists gathered on St. Croix, over a period of ten days, to create a series of culturally sensitive public artworks to help raise environmental awareness and add vibrancy to the community still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria, a category-five hurricane that struck the island in September 2017. ​ Big Blue & You served as the official youth education partner to Pangeaseed Foundation during SeaWalls St. Croix. The program Big Blue & You also hosted "Art by the Sea Pop-Up Festival" where they combined kid-friendly ocean art projects with marine science learning experiences facilitated by local experts. You can see more about Big Blue & You's mission on their website - bigblueandyou.org

Material Type: Activity/Lab