Freedom in the Danish West Indies

Today, July 3rd is Emancipation Day a Holiday throughout the US Virgin Islands formerly the Danish West Indies. Emancipation Day commemorates the day in 1848 when enslaved Africans on St. Croix demanded their freedom and won their freedom, and for all slaves throughout the territory. This day is full of activities beginning with the annual…… Continue reading Freedom in the Danish West Indies

Wednesday Child: Elise Marie

In memory of Elise Marie Daughter of Emile and Marie Svitzer Who Died on December 8 1873 Aged 8 months and 8 Days While doing my own cemetery research at the Christiansted, St. Croix Pubic Cemetery, I could not help but notice the Hourglass carved into the tombstone of Elise Marie Svitzer. A closer look…… Continue reading Wednesday Child: Elise Marie

Shopping Saturday – A.C. BOUGH STORES

My great-grandfather August Curtis Bough was one of the islands greatest merchants on St. Croix. When I settled on St. Croix in the mid 70’s, saw his name boldly posted (AC Bough Stores) on one of the buildings in the town of Christiansted; I made a subconscious commitment to know more about my family history.…… Continue reading Shopping Saturday – A.C. BOUGH STORES