Press Release

Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
Release Date:
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 2:15pm

The 20th Memorial Celebrations of Honourable H. Lavity Stoutt’s passing will be observed on Monday March 2, as Government in collaboration with H. Lavity Stoutt Commemorative Committee pay homage to the Territory’s first Chief Minister.

The celebrations will be held under the theme, Honourabe H. Lavity Stoutt: A Nation Builder and will include a march with uniformed officials, an official ceremony at the Central Administration Complex and the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Cappoon’s Bay Burial Grounds.

The public is invited to support the march which will commence at 9:00 a.m. from the House of Assembly building to the Central Administration Complex along the De Castro Street, followed by the official ceremony.

Featured speakers will include Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, and Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE.

The annual wreath laying ceremony will follow the official ceremony at the Cappon’s Bay Burial Grounds where the Premier, Minister for Education and Culture, the Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Honourable Andrew Fahie will pay their respects.

The late H. Lavity Stoutt served as Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands for over 16 years and is credited with establishing the Cruise Ship Pier, creating the Social Security Scheme, overseeing the construction of the Central Administration Building and spearheading the development of the local H. Lavity Stoutt Community College named in his honour.

He was at the helm throughout the Territory’s development as an international finance centre and was described as being very passionate and committed to the development of educational opportunities for the people of these islands.

The first Monday in March is declared a public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the birthday of the Territory’s first Chief Minister.  The late H. Lavity Stoutt was born on March 7, 1929.  He died on May 14, 1995.

The Government of the Virgin Islands through the Ministry of Education and Culture celebrates the life of the late Honourable H. Lavity Stoutt as a person of historic significance to the Territory. 

Photograph of the late Honourable H. Lavity Stoutt. (Photo credit: GIS/File)


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740