Press Release

Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
Release Date:
Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 5:15pm

A book, highlighting the history and cultural experiences of the Virgin Islands and its people, will be launched on January 27.

The book, titled 150 Years of Achievement 1834-1984, was first published in 1984. It has since been revised and compiled by local authors Mrs. Eileene L. Parsons and Mrs. Jennie Wheatley in 2015.

The book is said to be a compilation of a complete record of the accomplishments of Virgin Islands people, the customs, and things truly uniquely Virgin Islands.

In the introduction of the book, Mrs. Jennie Wheatley pays homage to Virgin Islands’ foundation builders, educators, sea captains, house and boat builders, great sportsman, physicians, nurses, grannies, massagers, cooks and workers.

She said, “These are the persons who passed on the torch which every generation must pass to the other. They passed it lit, burning brightly. May all who follow pass on a bright torch.”

Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Ms. Anne Lennard expressed congratulations and sincerest gratitude on behalf of the Department of Culture to Mrs. Wheatley and Mrs. Parsons on a job well done in their continued effort in preserving authentic Virgin Islands culture.

Ms. Lennard said, “Their passion and sincere interest in Virgin Islands heritage has always and continues to be at the forefront of these culture bearers and story tellers. It is always a delight to be a part of something so instrumental to our culture.”

Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn expressed his excitement for the book’s launch as the two stalwarts continue to preserve Virgin Islands culture. He said, “The book, like many of the others published by Mrs. Wheatley and Mrs. Parsons tell a unique Virgin Islands story through the compilation of works. It is most definitely a work of art that should be housed in the homes of Virgin Islanders, Belongers and Visitors alike.”

The official book launch ceremony will take place in the Breezeway of the Central Administration Complex on Friday, January 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Persons are encouraged to attend and support the book’s launch as the Department of Culture in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Studies Institute at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College continue to support local authors and develop the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.

For more information, persons should contact the Department of Culture at 468-4408. 


Bria Smith

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