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Guy Benjamin

Former Name of School: Benjamin Franklin

BP: St. John

Books: Me and My Beloved Virgin and More Tales for Me and My Beloved Virgin

Bertha C. Boschulte

Teaching: 1924-1949

Statistician, Legislator for One Term

Junior High School in Bovoni, St. Thomas

Addelita Cancryn

53 years of service in DOE

Former Name: Wayne Aspinall Junior High School

Book: Man of Vision

Musician, Organist and Choir Director for All Saints Cathedral

Elena Leonie Elizabeth Davis Christian

Former Name: Christiansted Junior High School

Educator for 54 years

BP: St. Kitts, BWI

American Association of Retired Persons

Resource Person for the Elderly of the USVI

Chairman of the Altar Guild

St. Croix Chapter of Business

Sophia Rosalind Francis Clen

First Female Virgin Islander to appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals

BP: St. John

Matron of Correctional School for Boys (Boys Home)

Victor Waldemar Cornelius

Teacher and Music Lover

Royal Medal With Crown

Organized Nurses’ Choir and Served as its Director

Autobiography: Fra St. Croix til Naskov

Charles Henry Emanuel

One of the First Individuals to Introduce Black History to his Classes

Wrote an Article called “Freedom of the Press”

Helped to publish The Bulletin and The St. Thomas Tidende

George James Fleming

Author, Journalist, Educator, and Political Scientist

Member of American Friends Society, Quakers

Morgan State University Professor

Established Institute for Political Education

Laurel Wreath in 1981

Amadeo Ignacio Daniel Francis Sr.

Career Spanned over 60 years

Taught Virgin Islands History

Received a Special Pension from the Government

Spoke Danish fluently

Lionel Balthazar Fraser

Dean of Tougaloo College

Worked at Jackson College

Director of Project MARK (Medical Action for Research and Knowledge)

Written Articles for the Crisis and Opportunity

Rehenia A. Gabriel

First Woman in the Virgin Islands to Earn a Doctorate in Education

Assistant Principal of Charlotte Amalie High School

Director of Pupil Personnel

Wrote in Virgin Islands Guidance News

Major Educator and Writer (Advice Books on Student Education)

Listed in Who’s Who of American Women

Juanita Gardine

More than 40 years of Public Service to the People of the VI

Principal of Fredericksted Junior High

Assistant Superintendent of Education in St. Croix

Principal of Christiansted Grammar School

Taught at Catholic University in Puerto Rico

President of St. Croix’s Teacher Association

Member of St. John’s Anglican Church

Hubert Henry Harrison

Scholar, Powerful Orator, Educator, Writer, and Publisher

Joined Socialist Party

Editor of the Daily Negro Times and the Negro World

Wrote Book Reviews for the New York Times

Contributor to The Nation, The New Republic, The Call, Masses, The Truth Seeker, and The Modern Quarterly

Romalia Albertha Heyliger


Civic Leader

Medora Jackson

Started out as Student Teacher under Danish Administration

Acting Principal of Public Grammar School

45 Years of Service to the People of the VI

BP: St. Croix

Herman D. James

President of the Glassboro State College, New Jersey

Professor of Sociology at California State University

Associate Provost at the University of Massachusetts at Boston

DOB: 1943 in St. Thomas

Writings Include: A Critical Description of Medical Services in Canada

Still Alive

Jose Antonio Jarvis

Book: Brief History of the Virgin Islands

Journalist, Author, Humanitarian, Poet, and Educator

In, 1930 he and Ariel Melchoir Sr. founded The Daily News (most influential independent newspaper of the Virgin Islands)

Served as editor of the paper until 1940

Writings: Education in the Virgin Islands, The Virgin Islands, Caribbean Notebook, Virgin Islands Picture Book, Folkdancing in the Virgin Islands, Freedom Centennial, Bluebeard’s Last Wife, and the King’s Mandate

Huldah Annabel Joseph

Supervisor and Director of Elementary Education

Cited in Who’s Who in American Education & Dictionary of International Biographies

American Association of School Administrators

Board of Directors of the American Red Cross

Commission on Aging

Governor’s Committee of the History of the Virgin Islands

Chairman of School Board of Seventh Day Adventist School

American Lung Association

Orville Edward Kean

Appointed President of the University of the Virgin Islands in 1990

Doctorate in Mathematical Logic and Category Theory

Valedictorian of Class of 1955 at CAHS

Mathematician, Part of committees that involved architect designs.

Involved in Tourism Department

Still Alive

Claude Osmond Markoe

Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico

31 Years of Service

Inducted into the Virgin Islands Education Hall of Fame

School on St. Croix Named After Him (May 22, 1958)

Established Markoe Insurance Company

Lucinda A. Millin

First Female of Virgin Islands Legislature

Member of the First Unicameral Legislature established after Revised Organic Act of 1954

Retired in 1964

Home for Elderly Person named “Lucinda Millin Home” (St. Thomas)

Famous Educator

Alonzo G. Moron

First Alumnus and Black to hold the position of President of Hampton Institute (Virginia)

Commissioner of Public Warfare during World War II

First Commissioner of Department of Human Services

Acting Comissioner of Education in 1960

Assistant to HHFA (Housing and Home Finance Agency)

American Association of Colleges and Universities

Emanuel Benjamin Oliver

BP: Montserrat

Principal of Abraham Lincoln School (JA Jarvis School Today)

Established Goodwill School

Elementary School in Estate Tutu is named after him

Arthur Richards

First Virgin Islander to be President of UVI

Comissioner of Education for the VI in 1968

Public Education on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands since the Implementation of the Revised Organic Act of 1954 (Thesis-Important Document)

American Association of School Administrators

Member of Phi Delta Kappa

Eulalie Rivera

In 1967, named Women of the Year of the Fredericksted Business and Professional Women’s Club

Former Name: Grover Place Elementary School

Elaine Sprauve

40 Years of Dedicated Service

Taught at Abraham Lincoln School for over 10 Years

President of the Bethany PTA

Forty + Years of Government Service

Member of the Board of Lutheran Services in the VI

Former Name: Historic Enighed Estate House on St. John (Library and Museum)

Clarice Thomas

Principal of Bethany Ruth School on St. John

Listed in Dictionary of Caribbean Biography, 1970

Former Name: Morrisette Building in Cruz Bay, St. John

One of St. John’s Earliest Educators

Ruth Thomas

Chairman of the English Department at CAHS

Chairman of the Foreign Language Department

Jane E. Tuitt

School located in Savan, STT

Principal of Christiansted Grammar School

Supervisor of Elementary Education on STT

Part of Girl Scout Movement

One of the Founders of the St. Thomas Teachers Institute

Mario Watlington

Educator, Politician, and Administrator

Secretary of Virgin Islands Public Affairs Council in New York City

Deputy Comissioner of Education in 1965

Staff Member of UVI for over 20 years

Chairman of VI Board of Education

Prominent Businessman


Alton A. Adams

Conducted Virgin Islands March or Anthem “All Hail the Virgin Islands”

“Governors Own”

“Spirit of the US Navy”

“Diox �rev d’armour”

Bandmaster, Composer, Journalist, Educator, and Hotelier

Enid M. Baa


One of the first four high school graduates in the territory

Supervising Librarian for the Virgin Islands

Library Consultant to Governor Morris D. Castro

John Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship

Caribbeanist and Historian

Claude “Bennie” Benjamin

First Native-Born to become a top-ranking songwriter in the US

First Song: “I Don’t Want To Set the World on Fire”

Formed his Own Private Music Corporation

Top Writers Award

Songwriter’s Guild Hall of Fame in 1984

Hugo O. Bornn

Organist and Professor

St. Andrew’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Churches

Fellow of the American Guild of Organists

Doctorate in Music

Stephen Bostic

Music Instructor at Christiansted High School

Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Council of Arts

Virgin Islands delegate to UNESCO Cultural and Conservation Conference in Jamaica

Cyril Felix William Creque

“From Mark of the Yoke”

Poet and Musician

“Trade Winds” and “Panorama”

Organist for Frederick Lutheran Church and Memorial Moravian Church

Earl Neal Creque

Composer, Arranger, Performer, and Pianist

Jazz Musician of the Year, 1982

Worked with Mongo Santamaria and Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers

Part of Fusion Movement

Worked in Air Force

Albert Daniel

Artist and Sculptor

Created his own, distinctive style

Lived in the same house as Pissarro

Work Displayed all over the US (i.e. Atlanta and San Francisco)

Joseph Patrick Gimenez

Preserve the folklore of the USVI in prose, poetry, and song

Author and Musician

Songs: “Grenada” “Give Me Wine” “Women and Gasoline”

Articulate Speaker

Wrote for Puerto Rico Herald

Austin Victor Hansen

Famous Photographer

Wilbur “Bill” Lamotta

Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor

Julliard School of Music, New York City

Songs: “Come Back to the Virgin Islands” and “Prayer for the Virgin Islands”

Delegate to the Third Constitutional Convention

President of Chamber of Commerce

Joyce Creque Matthews

Famous Pianist

Music Educator

Daughter of Cyril Creque

Magnus “Mungo” Niles

Folklorist, Entertainer, Cultural Ambassador

Steel Band Leader

Revived Battle of the Choirs

Coordinator of the First Inter-Island Cultural Review

Arona Petersen

Author, Folklorist, and Businessman

Recipient of Carlos Cook Achievement Award

Outstanding Black Businessperson

Books: “Herbs and Proverbs” “Food and Folklore of the Virgin Islands”

Camille Pissaro

French Impressionist Painter


Known throughout the world

Edgar Steele

Master Craftsman

Works in Rochester Exhibition

Carlos Cook Achievement Award

Peter Thurland

Master Craftsman

Made Table and Desk for Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman

Played the Trombone in the Community Band

Andres Wheatley

Pianist, Composer, and Actor

Organist for Moravian Church

Julliard School of Music in NYC

Master Thesis in Journal of Psychology

Arthur Woodley

Operatic Singer in NYC

Who’s Who in American Junior College Award

Very Famous and Well-known

Born in STT

Abraham Markoe

Patriot in St. Croix

Fought in Revolutionary War

Founder of the First Militia in the American Revolution (Philadelphia City Calvary)

Spent most of life in Pennsylvania

Geraldo Guirty


Known as “Sixtonian”

Introduced a column in The Daily News

Offered Testimony for the Revised Organic Act of 1954

Member of many Congressional Committees

Worked for New York City Transit Authority

Brother Cornelius

Preacher and Teacher

Introduced many slaves in the DWI to Christianity

Master of Masonry

Was a free slave

Born and raised in STT


Profiles of Outstanding Virgin Islanders, 1992