Press Release

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports
Release Date:
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 5:37pm

A book describing the crafted murals that portray scenes of what was once the bedrock of Virgin Islands life will be launched tomorrow, May 25.

The novel, titled ‘The Ridge Road Murals’ is penned by accomplished local artists, Mr. Reuben Vanterpool and Cedric Turnbull and will be launched through the collaborative efforts of the authors and the Department of Culture.

Director of the Department of Culture, Mrs. Luce Hodge-Smith said that the department continues to promote literary and visual arts in the Virgin Islands and that the book serves as a wonderful chance to experience and learn about the history and early life of the Virgin Islands people in the 1950s.

Mrs. Hodge-Smith added, “Mr. Vanterpool and Mr. Turnbull have taken us on a cultural journey into the past, highlighting our Virgin Islands people and their way of life. On behalf of the Department of Culture, we would like to congratulate them both and wish them success on all their future endeavours.”

Meanwhile, the book’s author, Mr. Vanterpool said that the narrative tells the story of the Virgin Islands people as depicted in the various painted scenes of the scenic Ridge Road Murals.

He said, “In painting I have been telling the story of the Virgin Islands people. Writing this book serves as an extension of the paintings along Ridge Road – complementing the story through the written word.”

The official launch will be held at the Central Administration Complex, Breezeway at 5:00 p.m.

Persons are encouraged to attend and support the event as the Department of Culture continues to support local authors and develop the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.

For more information, persons should contact the Department of Culture at 468-4379.

Photo Caption:  Official e-vite for the upcoming book launch ceremony. 


Bria Smith

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
Telephone: 468-2747