Keepers of the Flame

On July 3, 2023, and leading up to the historic date, the United States Virgin Islands will Educate, Engage, and Empower Virgin Islanders to preserve our culture, heritage, and rich traditions as well as strengthen our historic advancements.

Were it not for courageous Virgin Islanders like John Gottlieb “General Buddhoe”, and Admiral Martin King, who together organized a gathering in Frederiksted on the morning of July 3, 1848, using the blowing of the conch shell, leading the enslaved people of St. Croix to take possession of Fort Frederick, and demanding that those enslaved be immediately declared free, we might not know the freedom we have today. Anna Heegard is also recognized for her conviction and her role in our freedom.

The Committee reveres these six elected Governors of the U.S. Virgin Islands and honors them posthumously. These leaders empower the people to be firm in preserving our rich heritage and culture and take pride in securing a better future for generations to come.

Governor Melvin Evans

Governor Melvin Herbert Evans
1970 - 1975

Governor Cyril King

Governor Cyril Emmanuel King
1975 - 1978 & 1969 - 1969

Governor Juan Francisco Luis
1978 - 1987

Governor Alexander Farelly

Governor Alexander A. Farrelly
1987 - 1995

Governor Roy Lester Schneider

Governor Roy Lester Schneider
1995 - 1999

Lester Turnbull

Governor Charles W. Turnbull
1999 - 2007


Here in spirit, the 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee also honors posthumously the 175 Keepers of the Flame whose contributions since 1848 demand community praise and recognition. Today’s edition commences with 175 Names. As the Keepers of the Flame receptions on St. Thomas on April 4, and St. Croix on April 12, draws near, the Committee will publish brief Profiles of the Keepers of the Flame. Stay tuned!

Ann E. Abramson

Alton Adams, Sr.

Wayne “Factsman” Adams

Wilfred Elisha “Bomba” Allick

Clara Aloyo

Mildred Anduze

Ivan Armstrong

Enid M. Baa

Dr. Ruth Harrigan-Beagles

Claude A. Benjamin

Honorable Raymond Finch

Guy Benjamin

Honorable Lorraine L. Berry

Edward Wilmot Blyden

Edith Bornn, Esquire

Ralph Bough

Violet A. Bough

Honorable Bertha C. Boschulte

Ivan Boyce

Loredon Lorence Boynes, Sr.

Lloyd “Dove” Braf

James “Jamsie” Brewster

Canute Brodhurst

Christian R.T. Brow

Theobold Brow

Irvin “Brownie” Brown

Asta O’Bryan

Alvin Baby Burke

Aminta C.N. Burnet

Leocardio & Gloria Camacho

David C. Canegata, MD

Ralph D. de Chabert, Ansetta de Chabert & Mario de Chabert

Anita L. Christian

Honorable Almeric Christian & Elena Christian

Aureo Diaz

Horace Clarke & Elmo A. Plaskett

Monroe Clendenen

Honorable Robert O'Connor

Brother Cornelius

Frank Crosswaith

Delta M. Dorsch

Dorothy Lockhart- Elskoe

Charles H. Emanuel

Professor Gene Emanuel

Dr. Lesmore Emanuel

Malcolm Evans

James Graham and Family

Axel L. & Enid H. Frederiksen & Beryl Hansen

Eugenie Tranberg Ford

Viola Ford James

Beryl Francis

Emile “Milo” Francis

Rothschild Francis

Conrad “Ricky” Francois

Trevor Nicholas “Nick” Friday

Claude O. Markoe
& Phillip Gerard

Viggo Roberts

Honorable Arnold Golden, Sr.

Reverend Vincent H.A. Gordon

Leroy Gottlieb

Emile Griffith

Honorable Holland A. Redfield

Christophina A. Hansen
& Dolores Hansen

Ludvig Harrigan

Hubert Harrison

Emile Henderson II

Christian Hendricks

Elrod Hendricks

Clarence “Chera” Heyliger

Dr. Arnold Highfield

Beryl Hill

Honorable Valdemar Hill, Sr.

Honorable Walter I.M. Hodge

Winston Hodge

Casper Holstein

David Hamilton Jackson

Peter Jackson

Renholdt Rookie Jackson Sr.

Evelyn Messer James

Honorable Gerard Luz A. James Sr.
& Asta James

Honorable Randall James, MD

J. Antonio Jarvis

Dr. Gloria Ida Joseph

Helen I. Joseph

Honorable Frits E. Lawaetz

William A. Liedesdorff

Alfred Harris Lockhart

Honorable John L. Maduro

Ralph Mandrew

Terrance Martin

Eliza James-McBean

Valentino McBean

Frederick McFarlande, Sr.

Sylvester “Blinky” McIntosh

Vincent Mason

Miss Clara Mathias

Leon A. Mawson

Ariel Melchior, Sr

Francisco “Paquito Melendez

Ira ”Dr. Saks” Meyers

Corporal Sheila Middleton

James, Leroy, & Ralph Miller

Honorable Lucinda Millin

Dr. Ruth E. Moolenaar

Charles C. Ruebel & The Honorable Theovald Moorhead

Esther Virginia Brow Moorhead

Adam Petersen

Angel M. “Chico” & Josefina Morales

Luis “Tito” Morales

Wilbur LaMotta

Honorable Lew Muckle

Dr. Sax Myers

Ingeborg Nesbitt

Magnus Mango Niles

Athniel “Addie” Ottley, PhD

Honorable Earl B. Ottley

Honorable George “Bagoon” O’Reilly

Edwin Ortiz

Joseph “Joe” Parris

Honorable Alvin “Alli” Paul

Milton Payne

George Penn

Valentino Pena

Arona Petersen

Darnley & Athalie Petersen

Evadney Petersen
& Dr. Eugene Petersen

Sheryl Petersen

Ulysses Pilgrim

John Alwyn “Lad” Richards

Anselm Richards

Arthur A. Richards

Ricardo Richards

Verne Richards

Honorable Bingley G. Richardson

Evelyn Richardson

Eulalie C. Rivera

Lionel Valdemar Roberts Sr. & Lucille Roberts

Honorable Elmo D. Roebuck & Hector Roebuck

Richard R. Roebuck, Sr.

Victor Soloman

Henry E. Rohlsen

Alejandro “Alejo” Rojas

Antonio G. “Sundial” Romero

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jean A. Romney

Honorable Ruby M. Rouss

Rudolph & Lena A.

Lowell Schuster

Charles Seales

Victor & Llewelyn Sewer

George & Ubaldina Simmons

Honorable Adolph Ding Sixto

Blanche J. Sasso
& Grace J. Sparks

Elaine Ione Sprauve

Honorable Julius Sprauve

Thelma L. Springer

Myra Keating Smith

Dr. Warren Smith

Eulalie Stevens

Archibald & Wesley B. Thomas

Eugene “Genix” Thomas

Ruth E. Thomas

Valmy Thomas

Peter G. Thurland Sr., Peter G. Thurland Jr., & Will Thurland

Honorable Terence A. Todman

Ashley Totten

John Tranberg

Unise Tranberg

Ione Pemberton
& Janice Tutein

Jessica Tutein-Moolenaar

Samuel Utendahl

Lito Valls

Anna Vessup

Leona Brady Watson

Edith Williams

Florence A. Williams

Glen “Tata” Williams

Mae Louise Williams

Ohaldo Williams

Patrick Williams